Brendan Peter Schaub (born March 18, 1983) is an American podcast host, former professional mixed martial artist, and stand-up comedian. He is the host of The Fighter and the Kid podcast, the Below the Belt with Brendan Schaub podcast, and co-host of the King and the Sting podcast, along with fellow comedian Theo Von. After signing with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in 2009 to compete on The Ultimate Fighter, he fought for the company until 2014. He officially retired from mixed martial arts (MMA) in 2015. Since 2015, Schaub has been performing stand-up comedy, initially as a duo act with comedian Bryan Callen, but more recently as a solo comedian. Schaub released his first comedy special titled You’d Be Surprised in 2019.
Schaub was born and raised in Aurora, Colorado, to an English mother Debra and an American father Peter Schaub. He is of German, Italian, and English descent. His father is a second-degree black belt in taekwondo. While at Overland High School, Schaub lettered two years varsity lacrosse and one year varsity American football. He received no college athletic scholarship offers but he tried out for both the football team and lacrosse team at Whittier College and was accepted to both. Prior to his junior year, he transferred to the University of Colorado to play football full-time where he redshirted his first season. Following college, Schaub went undrafted in the 2006 NFL Draft but would be signed by the Buffalo Bills. He was released from the team prior to start of the regular season and went on to sign with the Arena Football League‘s Utah Blaze. Schaub then retired from the sport in 2007.