At 6'4" and 240 lbs, Brendan Schaub is an imposing physical specimen. An athletic and powerful striker, the undefeated Schaub honed his toughness while playing fullback for the University of Colorado, eventually making his way to the NFL with the Buffalo Bills before MMA began calling.
Schaub grew up around MMA. His father is a 2nd degree black belt in taekwondo and the younger Schaub dabbled in the sport throughout his life; often working out in gyms to stay in shape during the football offseason.
By chance, while searching for a gym in the offseason, Schaub happened upon the Nate Marquardt owned, High Altitude Martial Arts in Denver, Colorado and the rest is history. Within a couple of years he had became a Colorado Golden Gloves and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champion.
It was during this formative time that he met and began training with UFC standout Shane Carwin and the two proceeded to establish a close friendship. The older Carwin took Schaub under his wing and the two pushed one another in practice on a daily basis. The friendly but fierce training competition ensured that neither man would step into a cage or a ring without being completely prepared.
To date, both are undefeated at a combined 15-0 record, neither man has let an opponent escape the first round, and they have a combined 10 knockouts between them (Schaub has KO'd all four of his opponents).
Both now split time training at T'sKO in Denver, Co and the famed Jackson's Mixed Martial Arts camp in New Mexico working out with the likes of Georges St. Pierre, Rashad Evans, Nate Marquardt, and Keith Jardine among others. The two will undoubtedly be compared throughout their careers, a fact not lost on Schaub who proclaimed himself the "Shake" to Carwin's "Bake".
FiveKnuckles.com caught up with the rising prospect recently to discuss a variety of issues. In part two of our exclusive two part interview, Schaub addresses Jose Canseco's MMA aspirations, gives insight into Bobby Lashley's game, and compares Shane Carwin's size 5x hands to a big hamburger with five bratwursts attached to it.
FiveKnuckles.com: What's Shane like in training? How are the battles between the two of you?
Brendan Schaub: Shane just likes to take hits. It's crazy. I come from a boxing background so we have some pretty big stand-up battles. This last camp was kinda funny because he and I are so competitive and always trying to one-up the other. Were going, and I hit him when the bell ends, then he hits me and were just trading punch for punch. The coaches had to come and break us up (laughs). But it's all love man. Ya know, I wouldn't be (expletive) without Shane man. Some of the guys I've fought right, these big monsters, training with Shane everyday man; I look at these guys and think, ‘he's no Shane Carwin.'
FiveKnuckles.com: Testing yourself against an elite fighter like Carwin every day, how do you compare? Do you feel like you're getting to that elite level?
Brendan Schaub: Shane and I were actually talking about this the other day: I feel like I can compete with any heavyweight in the world. I know Shane can beat any heavyweight in the world, as far as me, I'm right there. If there is any knock on me or anyone looks at my resume, it would definitely be my experience though. I'm 4-0 as a pro but I do have jiu-jitsu and boxing...