Brendan Schaub Net Worth 2021 | Fiancé (Joanna Zanella) & Bio  

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. In addition, Brandan was placed 2nd on The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights.


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

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

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.

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.”


He started his YouTube channel on June 20, 2016. In the present day, his channel has more the 147 million views and over 475,000 subscribers.

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

In January of 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.

Brendan Schaub and Andrea Thompson his girlfriend
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Currently, Schaub is engaged to Joanna Zanella, an American model and actress.

Brendan Schaub with his fiancee Joanna Zanella
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The couple has two sons, named Tiger and Boston.


Brendan is 6′ 4″ (1.93 m) tall.

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”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.

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Brendan Schaub – Net Worth

Brendan Schaub and Bryan Callen
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Schaub earned 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, Brendan earns money from his YouTube channel, which has over 157 million views (meaning about $350,000 in revenue). Therefore, former heavyweight MMA fighter Brendan Schaub has an estimated net worth of $4 million.

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