Shane Carwin article - Denver post
Pretty interesting reading, Was the cat let out of the bag?? or is it just a teaser tgo get more viewers in Colorado?? is My Question
Here's a link also
Former CU fullback making his move in UFC
Schaub a budding (TV) star
By Mike Chambers
The Denver Post
Posted: 09/17/2009 01:00:00 AM MDT
Brendan Schaub, top, and Shane Carwin practice at Grudge Training Center. Schaub is on the "The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights" TV show. (Andy Cross, The Denver Post )WHEAT RIDGE — Brendan Schaub likens his burgeoning Ultimate Fighting Championship career to making the lead block on a fourth-and-goal from the 1.
He's going to crush somebody, just as he's been trained.
The former University of Colorado fullback is three years removed from Folsom Field but is scoring points on his own in the octagon. One of the top young heavyweights in the world of mixed martial arts, the 6-foot-4, 244-pound Schaub has an unofficial professional record of 5-0 overall and 4-0 in UFC matches, all by first-round technical knockouts.
"I loved playing football, but I always knew I wanted to be a fighter," said Schaub, who trains 6 to 8 hours a day, six days a week. "I have my work ethic from football and my dad, who is a black belt in karate and taekwondo, and that's carried me as far as I've gone so far."
Schaub is one of 16 heavyweights competing on a reality TV show, "The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights," which aired for the first time Wednesday night on Spike TV.
"The guy is a freak athlete. His strength is unreal," said Trevor Wittman, Schaub's trainer and owner of Wheat Ridge's Grudge Training Center.
The 10-week Spike TV series was filmed from May 27 to July 9 at a house in Las Vegas. The group trained and fought together. No television or telephones, and no trips outside the house. Sixteen big tough guys just wondering who was going to walk away with a UFC contract, cash prize and a national name.
So how did Schaub fare?
"I can't tell you," he said with a smile. "All I can tell you is I represented Colorado well."
Football training paid off — with light feet
Schaub attributes his cage-fighting success to mental toughness learned from playing football, dating to his days at Overland High School in Aurora. He grew up learning karate and taekwondo from his father, and later took up boxing. He captured the 2008 Colorado Golden Gloves heavyweight boxing title though he had little formal training.
"I grew up on martial arts, and at CU I'd do boxing and some jujitsu just to stay in shape," Schaub said. "Ever since my brother and I saw that movie 'Bloodsport' with Jean-Claude Van Damme, it was a matter of time before I got into it."
After CU, Schaub played for the Utah Blaze of the Arena Football League and spent some time on the Buffalo Bills' practice squad before returning to Colorado. He won the state Golden Gloves title, then started to focus on mixed martial arts.
He walked into Aurora's High Altitude Martial Arts, and caught the attention of owner Nate Marquardt, a UFC fighter, and other pros. Among them was 265-pound heavyweight Shane Carwin of Greeley, who is now Schaub's primary training partner.
Carwin (11-0) will fight Brock Lesnar on Nov. 21 in UFC 106 for the heavyweight championship at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay.
"He could be better than me," Carwin, 34, said of Schaub. "He's young. He's hungry. He's super athletic and loves to learn. He's the future of the heavyweight division."
Among the primary MMA/UFC disciplines — jujitsu, judo, karate, boxing, kickboxing and wrestling — the latter is what Schaub lacks in experience. But he's working on it.
"He's really mobile for a heavyweight, (with) great speed and agility, and that's rare because big guys are flat-footed," said Justin Wren, a contestant on the reality show and a Texas native who moved to Colorado to train with Schaub. "Brendan's always on the balls of his feet, and you can tell that comes from football."
Said Schaub: "I'm kind of known for my footwork and elusiveness. A lot of heavyweights are big, heavy guys, and I pride myself on technique. I definitely got that from all the footwork drills from football."
Hard worker, and also coy and tight-lipped
Schaub said former CU coach Gary Barnett helped shape his "combat" competitiveness.
"I'm a Barnett guy," he said. "Playing football at CU, Barnett instilled toughness in us. That's one of the biggest things in fighting is your mental game, and it's huge in MMA."
Schaub was a walk-on at CU after transferring from Whittier (Calif.) College, where he landed after a lacerated liver cost him his senior season at Overland High School. Trailblazers coach Tony Manfredi remembers Schaub as "a tall and gangly freshman" who worked harder than anybody else. By his senior year at CU, he had been put on scholarship.
"He's just one of those guys that says, 'Let's just see how good I can be,' " Manfredi said. "You wish every kid had that kind of work ethic and aspirations. I'm not surprised by what he's doing because I know his work ethic."
Schaub said his next professional UFC fight is booked but won't be announced until after the last episode of "The Ultimate Fighter."
He hinted that it could be "a big one," given that he has "never lost a fight."
"Including the reality series?" he was asked.
Schaub just smiled, looking like a champion.
Doesn't Brendan Schaub train at Greg Jackson's camp as well?
I love the quote from shane carwin "he could be better then me". There seem to be a lot of little things that are making me think shane is buying into his own hype a little to fast. I dont think there are a ton of heavyweights out there that are aspiring to be fighters that show little apart from knock out power...I really dont like carwin.
So now Carwin is buying into his fame early because he said that a fighter who is an up and coming fighter could be better than him, a fighter who is fighting for the UFC HW title in his next fight?
I want to see how Schaub fights... though i am curious, if he is already fighting for the UFC why is he on the ultimate fighter?
You dont understand, I really dont like Carwin. That is why im so sure im right.
well he said something that is fact. People are getting on him for saying his opinion and getting really butt hurt about small things, like Carwin complimenting his team mate. Its annoying really.
I dont often have this kind of dislike for any particular fighter, but something about carwin makes me not care for him at all. He hasnt really done anything that wrong (apart from making me really not like him).
Yeah I know. Its not anything against you it just is annoying that whenever he says something like 30 people come on and say he is annoying and they hope he gets knocked out for saying respectful things...
I hope he gets knocked out in a brutal way, but not because of anything he has said or done. He just rubs me the wrong way, like a prom date with mittens on.
Good find. Repped.
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