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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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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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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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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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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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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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