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Brendan Schaub Net Worth – $5 million

What is Brendan Schaub’s net worth? Who is Brendan Schaub’s wife?


Brendan Schaub is an American former heavyweight MMA fighter, podcast host, and stand-up comedian who was the first heavyweight to finish a UFC match via d’arce choke.

Schaub was placed 2nd on The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights.


He was born on March 18, 1983, in Aurora, Colorado, United States.

Schaub has English, Italian, and German ancestry.

Brandan attended Overland High School and graduated from the University of Colorado.

He played in the Arena Football League and went undrafted in the NFL Draft. Brendan was signed by the Buffalo Bills to their practice squad. Schaub also played for the Arena Football League’s Utah Blaze.

He retired from football in 2007.

Soon, Brendan began training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and boxing. After 6 months of training in boxing, he won the Colorado novice-division Golden Gloves heavyweight title.

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Brendan Schaub poses on the scale after weighing in during the UFC 181 weigh-in inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center – @Getty

In 2009, he signed with Ultimate Fighting Championship to compete on the 10th season of The Ultimate Fighter.

Gabriel Gonzaga

In October 2010, Schaub made his debut at Ultimate Fighting Championship 121 in California against Gabriel Gonzaga, and won. The judges score it 30-27 for Brendan.

His speed was the deciding factor in the fight.

Mirko Cro Cop

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UFC Fighter Brendan Schaub attends the 2012 NFL Honors at the Murat Theatre on February 4, 2012 in Indianapolis – @Getty

In March 2011, he faced Mirko Cro Cop. He won again.

The fight earned Brendan a “Knockout of the Night” bonus as well as an end to Mirko’s time in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Unfortunately, the fight ended with some drama. After Mirko was knocked out from Schaub’s first shot, Brendan immediately hit another shot, that seemed somewhat unnecessary. 

After the fight, Brendan declared:

“In the heat of the moment, and you’re fighting a guy like Mirko CroCop, when I hit him I saw him go limp and he started to get back up.”

Schaub went on to say:

”Now that’s not a guy you want to get back up, that guy’s a monster. So, I better get another one in.”

Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira

Later that year, at Ultimate Fighting Championship 134, Brendan lost to Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira in the 1st round via KO. 

Ben Rothwell

On April 21, 2012, at Ultimate Fighting Championship 145, Schaub lost his 2nd straight fight, also via KO to Ben Rothwell.

The Fighter and The Kid

In 2013, Bryan Callen and Brendan started a podcast, named – “The Fighter and The Kid.” For the last five years, the podcast is consistently in the top 5 rankings on iTunes under the sports/comedy category. It has more than 10 million downloads per month.

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Bryan Callen and Brendan Schaub attend Spike TV’s ‘Guys Choice 2016’ – @Getty

Andrei Arlovski

On June 14, 2014, at Ultimate Fighting Championship 174, he fought Andrei Arlovski, returning former UFC heavyweight champion. Andrei won via split decision.

Travis Browne

On December 6, 2014, at Ultimate Fighting Championship 181, Brandon fought with Travis Browne. He lost via TKO in the first round.


On October 10, 2015, Schaub announced his retirement from MMA during The Joe Rogan Experience podcast.

During a 2017 interview, he said:

“For me to come back, it would have to be some sort of crazy Brock Lesnar deal.”

Big Brown Breakdown

In December 2016, he launched a solo podcast – Big Brown Breakdown. It focuses on topics related to combat sports.


In 2018, he began serving as a panelist for the television show Bravo’s Play-By-Play.

King and the Sting

On December 21, 2018, Theo Von and Brendan announced the creation of a podcast – “King and the Sting.”

You’d Be Surprised

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Comedian Brendan Schaub performs at The Ice House Comedy Club on September 16, 2023 in Pasadena – @Getty

In January 2019, he filmed his first-ever Showtime comedy special, named – “You’d Be Surprised.” It debuted on May 18, 2019.


He was in a relationship with Ronda Rousey, an American former judoka and mixed martial artist, author, actress, and professional wrestler.

Brendan Schaub has also been romantically involved with Andrea Thompson, an American actress who is known for her roles on the TV series NYPD Blue, JAG, 24, Babylon 5, and Falcon Crest.

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Brendan Schaub and Andrea Thompson arrive at the third annual Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards 2010 at the Palms Casino Resort December 1, 2010 in Las Vegas – @Getty


Brendan Schaub is married to Joanna Zanella, an American model and actress. Brendan and Joanna started dating in 2014 and got engaged in 2017.

Joanna Zanella and her husband



The couple has two sons, named Tiger and Boston.


Brendan is 6′ 4″ (1.93 m) tall.

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Brendan Schaub and Actress Joanna Zanella (R) attend the 31st Annual Imagen Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on September 9, 2016 – @Getty

”I beat some of the best of the best, and I’ve lost to some of the best of the best.”

”People are looking for a way to tear down anyone who is successful in any arena.”

“I’m scared of both, but with the Octagon, I couldn’t wait for it to be over. Once I get to the stage, I want to be up there forever.”

”If you want to fight in the UFC, you’ve got to realize that you are just an elephant in the circus.”

“I’d rather live my life for 50 years being a warrior than 100 years being a frickin’ gazelle, just being a peasant.”

”If you want to prove your worth and prove you’re one of the best in the world, you need to be fighting in the UFC.”


His comedic style is influenced by Chris D’elia, an American stand-up comedian who performed in the Netflix series ”You.”

Chris also appeared on the ABC television series The Good Doctor, the NBC sitcom Undateable, and the NBC sitcom Whitney.

Schaub and Kimbo Slice competed on Spike TV’s The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights.

In 2017, alongside Brian Custer, Paulie Malignaggi, and Mauro Ranallo, Brendan commented on the Mayweather/McGregor boxing match.

Brendan Schaub – Net Worth

So, how much is Brendan Schaub worth?

Schaub accrued most of his wealth from fighting in UFA. During the course of his Ultimate Fighting Championship career, Schaub has won both the Knockout of the Night and the Ring of Fire Heavyweight Championship.

In addition, he made it to the finals of The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights, and won the Colorado-New Mexico Golden Gloves Novice title in 2007. 

After he retired (actually from 2013), Brendan started the podcast – ”The Fighter and the Kid” with Bryan Callen. Additionally, he is a recurring guest on The Joe Rogan Experience. He has also been performing stand-up comedy.

Moreover, the former pro mixed martial artist earns money from his YouTube channel and from selling merch on his website —

In 2019, Schaub sold his home near the Santa Monica Airport for $2.17 million. 

Therefore, Brendan Schaub has an estimated net worth of $5 million.

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Is Brendan Schaub married?

Yes. Brendan Schaub is married to Joanna Zanella.

How much is Brendan Schaub worth?

Brendan Schaub has a net worth of $5 million.

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