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UFC’s Brendan Schaub Announces He’s Stepping Away From The Cage

Kelsey Mowatt

Brendan Schaub

If you follow Brendan Schaub, or listen to his “Fighter & The Kid” podcast with Bryan Callen, then the headline above likely won’t shock you…

Schaub appeared on the latest episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience” on Friday, and during the show “Big Brown” announced he doesn’t plan on fighting again for the foreseeable future.

The heavyweight has been an outspoken critic of the UFC’s Reebok uniform deal, as Schaub has repeatedly said he was making much more in the past due to sponsorships, which are no longer allowed. In addition, since Schaub’s podcast is a big hit, and has opened the door to other entertainment gigs, he isn’t reliant on fighting.

According to a follow up report from MMA Fighting.com, Schaub relayed the following, while discussing his decision to take a hiatus from fighting.

“Do I want one more?” Schaub said. “F*ck yes, man. But it just doesn’t make sense. I can’t see myself, when it comes down to this, I can’t see myself in a f*cking Reebok kit walking out to that Octagon. I can’t see myself being like, ‘You know what? Cool, man. Yeah, that’s what I’m worth. I’m worth 10-grand to you guys. I’m gonna do this.’ And I have other opportunities.”

“It’d be tough for me to say, ‘You know what? Let me go fight some monster who’s been training full time, and not telling dick jokes and selling f*cking Big Brown shirts full time,'” Schaub added. “‘Let me go fight that guy.’ I won’t do the game a disservice. I won’t do that. Unless I can focus on it full time, there’s just no way….”

The 32 year-old also added that he supports the UFC, and that he no issues with the promotion or Dana White. Schaub also noted that he and Callen will be going on a podcast tour, which is another reason he needs to step away from the game.

So, there you have it. Schaub hasn’t fought since December, 2014, when he was taken out by Travis Browne. Schaub didn’t officially announce he’s hanging up the gloves for good, but you have to really wonder if he’ll fight again.

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