Brendan Schaub has taken on so many different careers in his life but the one he’s best-known for is his stint in the UFC, and it appears he’s never actually stopped training as he has just been awarded with his black belt in BJJ. Schaub announced the news in a post on his official Instagram account, where he also gave thanks not only to the two men who awarded the belt to him, Amal Easton and Eliot Marshall, but also to several notable Jiu-Jitsu figures and some of his training partners over the years.
Thanks in part to Schaub’s undeniable athleticism from years of American Football throughout his childhood and teenage years, he was able to make his professional debut in MMA after only around a year of training to prepare for it. From there, Schaub went 4-0 over the following year and finished all of his opponents in the first round, earning the Ring of Fire Heavyweight Championship and a spot on a season of the Ultimate Fighter. It was there that Schaub started to impress the mainstream fans of the sport by finishing all three of his opponents and booking a place in the final against Roy Nelson before getting knocked out.
That was the start of Schaub’s eleven-fight UFC career that saw him reach several high-points despite middling results. Most notably, Schaub submitted Matt Mitrione, knocked out Mirko Crocop, and earned a decision win over Gabriel Gonzaga. He retired at the relatively young age of 31 after being convinced to do so by his friend and UFC commentator, Joe Rogan, who also advised him to pursue a career in comedy. Since then, Brendan Schaub has performed as a comedian on a regular basis, competed in professional grappling, and founded several successful podcasts before adding yet another feather in his cap by receiving his BJJ black belt.