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Brendan Schaub
Age: 26
Height: 6’4”
Weight: 240 lbs
Hometown: Aurora, Colo.
Trains: Denver, Colo. at High Altitude Martial Arts / T’s KO Fight Club
MMA record: 4-0

A product of Aurora, Colo., Brendan Schaub wanted to be a fighter ever since he saw the Jean Claude Van Damme classic “Bloodsport” at an early age. Since then, he has made martial arts an integral part of his conditioning regimen between football and lacrosse seasons, both sports in which Schaub was an All-State performer while at Overland High School. After high school, Schaub gave up the hopes of being a modern day Jim Brown, quitting lacrosse to focus on football when he was awarded a full scholarship to play fullback for the University of Colorado’s football team.

He did not, however, give up martial arts. Schaub practiced Tae Kwon Do between football seasons to stay in shape, and help the Buffaloes capture the Big 12 North crown three of his four years on campus before graduating in 2006.

After graduating, Schaub played in the Arena Football League for the Utah Blaze and was on the Buffalo Bills’ practice squad before returning to his native Colorado to begin training mixed martial arts full-time. He captured the Colorado Golden Gloves boxing crown and was awarded a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu shortly thereafter.

Schaub, who splits his time training between T’s KO Fight Club in Colorado and Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts in New Mexico, made his mixed martial arts debut in 2008. He has since compiled a 4-0 record, all wins coming by knockout less than 90 seconds into the bout.

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FORM Athletics/KSwiss recently released a video promoting its new clothing line. The clip features half-a-dozen UFC fighters, including former WEC Featherweight Champion Urijah Faber (#4 Bantamweight), former WEC Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis (#9 Lightweight), Chad Mendes (#4 Featherweight), Mark Munoz (#21 Middleweight), Joseph Benavidez (#2 Bantamweight) and Scott Jorgensen (#7 Bantamweight). Former UFC Octagon Girl Natasha Wicks is also prominently featured in various states of dress. Enjoy.

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One of the most important factors in your striking game is punching efficiency. Boxing instructor Jason Van Veldhuysen goes over three simple workouts to help you improve muscle memory and punch endurance so the techniques you learn and apply later can be utilized to their fullest extent–no matter how many rounds you go. For a more detailed breakdown, be sure to check out the July issue of FIGHT! Magazine, available at a newsstand or bookstore near you, or download the FIGHT! Magazine app to check out the article for free. Also be sure to check out the rest of Jason’s videos on his Youtube Channel at Precision Striking, for more great boxing tips and techniques.

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American Kickboxing Academy coach Javier Mendez chimes in on the UFC 166 main event between UFC Heavyweight Champion (and AKA team member) Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos.

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UFC fighter Shane del Rosario passed away on Dec. 8, after suffering cardiac arrest on Nov. 28. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Shane’s friends and family. Last year, we got the chance to spend some time with Shane before his UFC debut and produce this FIGHT! Video. Rest in peace, Shane.

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UFC middleweight Michael Bisping shares his thoughts on the upcoming UFC Welterweight Title fight between Johny Hendricks and Georges St-Pierre at UFC 167: “My money. Johny Hendricks. Round one.”

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Tag along as UFC middleweight Tom Watson heads to Cal State Fullerton to perform a number of strength and endurance tests so researchers can create his physiological profile.

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Todd Duffee’s life has changed quite a bit in a short period of time. The University of Georgia student and Hardcore Gym/American Top Team heavyweight was signed by the Ultimate Fighting Championship, knocked out Tim Hague in seven seconds at UFC 102, scored more sponsorships, transferred to the University of Nevada Las Vegas and set up shop at Xtreme Couture. FIGHT! photographer Paul Thatcher caught up with Duffee to find out how he feels about all the changes.

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Last December, Gilbert Melendez regained the Strikeforce lightweight belt and avenged one of two losses on his record when he beat Josh “The Punk” Thomson in a lopsided decision win.

Four months later, Gilbert and his girlfriend, Kari-Ann, discovered they were about to have a baby girl. FIGHT! was there document Melendez’s reaction to that day’s news in part 1 of this FIGHT! Life series.

Produced and directed by Matthew Ross. Camera: Marc Rizzo and Randy Ward. Edited by Ryan Jackson-Healy and Ashley Cahill. Music by Jacques Brautbar.

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(Guess that high level wrestling experience didn’t include inverted triangle defense.)

At FIGHT! Magazine, we believe there is a need for a completely objective and unbiased ranking system for fighters to replace the myriad subjective rankings that have become skewed, in many instances, by fighter popularity. In an effort to address this issue FIGHT! Magazine brings you its computerized rankings system which takes into account a fighters strength of opponent, strength of performance, and frequency of activity. Go here for a detailed explanation of how FIGHT!’s rankings work.

All the fights are in the books and the rankings have been updated. M-1 Global crowned two new champions on Showtime, Bobby Lashley and Phil Baroni looked bad even in victory, all the guys we thought would win their Bellator light heavyweight tournament quarterfinal matches didn’t, and MMA pundits rushed to saddle Phil Davis with “the next Jon Jones” expectations before the afterglow of the current Jon Jones’ title win has even worn off. Additionally, Bellator Middleweight Champion Hector Lombard retained his CFC Middleweight Championship and UCMMA hosted a heavyweight throwdown in London. Let’s take a quick look ahead what effect the fights had on the rankings.

M-1 Challenge XXIV

M-1 Global kicked off its broadcast partnership with Showtime with a Friday night M-1 Challenge card in Norfolk, Va. Jose Figueroa upended the M-1 Global Lightweight Champion, Artiom Damkovsky, vaulting from #103 to #44 in the Lightweight Rankings. Damkovsky fell hard, from #64 to #140. Magomed Sultanakhmedov finished Tyson Jeffries to win the vacant M-1 Global Middleweight Championship. “The White Wolf” moves from #75 to #37 in the Middleweight Rankings, while Jeffries falls from #62 to #108. UFC vet Vinny Magalhaes defeated unheralded Jake Doeer on the card, getting a bump from #66 to #65 in the Light Heavyweight poll. Full results can be viewed here.

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Bobby Lashley was able to take natural middleweight John Ott down but he wasn’t able to do much with him when he got there. Lashley moves from #91 to #74 in the Heavyweight Rankings with the lackluster win. In the night’s other heavyweight bout, Aaron Rosa moved from #51 to #34 after stopping Abe Wagner, who falls from #62 to #86. PRIDE and UFC vet Phil Baroni outlasted regional fighter Nick Nolte on the card. Baroni moves from #132 to #100 in the Middleweight Rankings while Nolte enters the Welterweight Rankings at #183. Eric Marriott stopped Willian De Souza quickly but actually dropped one spot, from #24 to #25 in the Featherweight Rankings (thanks to Mackens Semerzier – see below). WEC and Bellator vet James Krause moved from #182 to #157 in the Lightweight poll with a quick undercard win. Full results can be viewed here.

In Australia, Bellator Middleweight Champion Hector Lombard held on to his CFC Middleweight Championship and his #7 Middleweight Ranking with a doctor’s stoppage win over Joe Doerksen. “El Dirte” fell from #41 to #43. In London, UCMMA: Lights Out hosted a heavyweight throwdown between Oli Thompson and Ben Smith. Thompson added a submission win to his resume and comes in at #68 in the Heavyweight Rankings. Smith enters the rankings at #101.

Bellator 38

Bellator’s season four light heavyweight tournament got underway on Saturday with four quarterfinal fights and they didn’t go down the way anybody planned. Tim Carpenter took out Daniel Gracie and entered the Light Heavyweight Rankings at #44. Gracie falls from #46 to #61 following the loss. Raphael Davis dropped from #40 to #76 following his TKO loss to unranked DJ Linderman. No other ranked fighters appeared on the card. Full results can can be viewed here.

UFC Fight Night 24

The UFC visited Seattle for the first time on Saturday night and set Fight Night records for attendance and gate receipts. Phil Davis left Seattle with a signature win over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, moving from #20 to #12 in the Light Heavyweight Rankings in the process. ‘Lil Nog falls from #21 to #39 following the loss.

A welterweight feature bout supported the main event but Dan Hardy vs. Anthony Johnson failed to deliver the fireworks everyone hoped for. Johnson jumps from #34 to #17 in the Welterweight Rankings, while Hardy continues his slide, falling from #19 to #39. In other welterweight action, Amir Sadollah moved from #41 to #26 with his win over DaMarques Johnson, who plummeted from #55 to #99. John Hathaway won his fight but lost out in the rankings, dropping from #33 to #64 with his split decision over Kris McCray. McCray moves from #137 in the Middleweight poll to #103 at Welterweight. Johny Hendricks stopped previously unranked T.J. Waldburger but slipped a spot, from #30 to #31. Waldburger enters the rankings at #125.

In a rematch of an all-time great barnburner, Chan Sung Jung beat Leonard Garcia definitively and bounced back from #91 to #48 in the Featherweight Rankings. Garcia fell hard from #51 to #96 following the loss. In other featherweight action, Mackens Semerzier found his way into the top 25, jumping from #59 to #21, with a win over unranked TUF vet Alex “Bruce Leroy” Caceres.

Mike Russow keeps spoiling the UFC’s plans, overacheiving in his role of solid opponent to take out up-and-coming heavyweights like Todd Duffee and now Jon Madsen. Russow moves from #19 to #11 in the Heavyweight Rankings, while Madsen slides from #21 to #33. In the night’s other heavyweight fight, unranked Christian Morecraft choked Sean McCorkle unconscious. McCorkle enters the rankings at #89.

At 135 pounds, Michael McDonald kept his #8 Bantamweight Ranking with a win over unranked Edwin Figueroa, Aaron Simpson moved from #45 to #39 in the Middleweight Rankings with a win over Mario Miranda, who fell from #68 to #82, and in the night’s opener, Nik Lentz leapt from #38 to #19 in the Lightweight Rankings with his win over Waylon Lowe, who fell from #49 to #78. Full results can be viewed here.

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