Reebok Plays Part In Brendan Schaub’s Exit From MMA

Written by Tom Ngo
October 10th, 2015

UFC Brendan Schaub

When the UFC released the fighter pay structure under their new Reebok deal, which officially kicked off in July, heavyweight Brendan Schaub (pictured) claimed he would be losing out on roughly $60,000 each time he took the stage.

Because of that, and his blossoming podcast career on “The Fighter & The Kid,” Schaub has decided to walk away from MMA for the time being.

“Do I want one more? F**k yes, man,” Schaub stated on Friday’s edition of the Joe Rogan Experience podcast. “But it just doesn’t make sense. I can’t see myself in a f**king 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.”

Given Schaub’s tenure with the UFC, he would be paid $10,000 from Reebok in each of his next four fights. Schaub scored $32,000 to show against Travis Browne in December. He claimed that before Reebok came along, he was making “twice as much money off sponsors than I do what the UFC pays me.”

That means “Big Brown” took a big $60,000ish hit because of the UFC’s new contract with Reebok.

UFC president Dana White mocked Schaub for suggesting he had that many endorsements.

Reebok wasn’t the only factor in Schaub’s decision. “The Fighter & The Kid,” who Schaub co-hosts alongside comedian Bryan Callen, signed a multi-year deal with Fox Sports in September after reaching 2.8 million downloads in August.

The 32-year-old didn’t feel comfortable getting into the cage against someone who is dedicating his entire life to MMA when Schaub is focused on other endeavors.

Schaub emerged onto the UFC scene as a contestant on “The Ultimate Fighter 10” back in 2009, where he lost to Roy Nelson in the tournament finals.

Schaub has dropped four of his last five bouts, including two straight. He hasn’t been seen since getting TKO’d by Browne last December.

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