Alex Schoenauer on Discovery Channel's

Alex Schoenauer on Discovery Channel's "One Man Army"

Can an MMA fighter take on some of the best that the military has to offer in a series of challenges and come out on top? That’s what we’ll find out Wednesday night when Ultimate Fighter alum and IFL veteran Alex Schoenauer steps into the world of the Discovery Channel’s latest show, One Man Army.

“Jay Hieron told me about the show,” said Schoenauer. “There was a poster or something for it at Xtreme Couture and he called me and said I’d be perfect for it.

“I sent my application in and sent a short video of myself for the producers, and the next thing I know they were calling me to be on the show.”

One Man Army, hosted by Man/Woman Survival’s Mykel Hawke (a former Special Forces Green Beret), takes some of the best in military, law enforcement, and extreme sports, and pits them against each other in a three-part challenge intended to test their speed, strength, and intelligence.

For Schoenauer, the show represented an opportunity to take his love for the extreme to a new arena.

“I’m always going out and doing stuff that a lot of my friends say is crazy and they won’t even do,” he told MMAWeekly.com. “(Things like) going rappelling, jumping into caves, going out on the open ocean in a 10-foot skiff with Tyson (Griffin) and having to call the Coast Guard, and crazy stuff like that; just pushing the limits.

“This supposedly was supposed to be about pushing your limits with crazy challenges and stuff that’s scary to do and that’s possibly (going to cause) bodily injury. They even had in the application that you had to sign in case of dismemberment that you’re releasing all authorities, producers from liability (should something catastrophic occur).”

While he had less experience in the kinds of skills needed for the challenges than his competitors, Schoenauer feels he wasn’t totally a fish out of water.

“There was a Special Forces Ranger, a US Navy Recon (specialist), and a Navy SEAL; so I was up against the guys from the elite military branches, and I’m just an MMA guy with no specific training other than fighting,” said Schoenauer.

“No background on ropes, no background on shooting weapons or anything like that, (but) I didn’t feel out of place because I knew I could compete with these guys and do better than these guys. I felt comfortable. I do this every day, challenging myself, throw me in against the top of the top and I’ll beat most of them.”

While he hasn’t fought since 2009, Schoenauer has kept busy in the entertainment field, working on a myriad of high-profile projects.

“I got my SAG (Screen Actors Guild) card, and I’ve been trying to do stunts,” he said. “I’ve been training, but if I get called for a movie, I jump on that because it’s more secure and pays better.

“This last year I’ve been pretty much doing movies. I did an episode of CSI: Miami, an episode of a TV show called Nine Lives, was in The Fast and Furious Five, and just got back from New Orleans doing a film called Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.”

While his focus has been on entertainment of late, don’t think Schoenauer is ready to leave MMA just yet.

“I’m still training,” he said. “I’m working Stephan (Bonnar) at Steve Cantwell’s and I’ve been having good camps with Sergio Penha and One Kick Nick.

“My fighting is way better than when I was fighting (before). I’m looking for a fight, myself, and hopefully I’ll get in there and be fighting again soon.”

Until then, fans can check out Schoenaeur’s episode of One Man Army, debuting on the Discovery Channel, Wednesday night, July 27, at 10 p.m. Eastern/Pacific.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

Felice Herrig: Paige VanZant would've lost in first round of 'TUF 20'

  • 19 days ago
  • 4 views

It turned out that Paige VanZant was too young to compete on “The Ultimate Fighter 20,” but Felice Herrig thinks she wouldn’t have made it far anyway.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Chris Leben 'didn't realize that people didn't wake up and drink every day' before TUF 1

  • 19 days ago
  • 28 views

The first season of The Ultimate Fighter changed the game for MMA and the UFC. It also changed Chris Leben's life. There isn't much "The Crippler" would alter about everything he learned about himsel read news >>

Chris Leben was ‘blown away’ by Anderson Silva’s positive drug test, believes it’s ‘damaging to his legacy’

  • 20 days ago
  • 10 views

TUF veteran Chirs Leben discusses his former opponent Anderson Silva’s recent positive drug test, as well as what that means for his legacy as one of the greatest fighters of all time. read news >>

Former UFC, TUF star lands WWE tryout

  • 20 days ago
  • 4 views

UFC gets CM Punk and WWE gets ... Matt Riddle? It's certainly a possibility, as The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 7 grad landed a May tryout with the world's largest pro wrestling organization in Orlando, F read news >>

Knockout Radio Podcast: The Legal Side of Cornering and TUF Winner Eddie Gordon

  • 23 days ago
  • 1 views

Join Knockout Radio for the podcast of their April 9 broadcast featuring special guest legal analyst Danny Alvarez and TUF 19 winner Eddie "Truck" Gordon. read news >>

Knockout Radio Live: The Legal Side of Cornering and and TUF Winner Eddie Gordon

  • 24 days ago
  • 2 views

Tune in Thursday, April 9, at 6 p.m. EST, for Knockout Radio LIVE with special guest legal analyst Danny Alvarez and TUF 19 winner Eddie "Truck" Gordon. read news >>

'TUF: Latin America' finalists Leonardo Morales, Jose Quinonez meet at UFC Fight Night 68

  • 24 days ago
  • 1 views

The UFC’s June return to New Orleans continues to grow with the addition of a bantamweight bout.Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC read news >>

Mike Swick returns to action against Alex Garcia at UFC 189

  • 25 days ago
  • 3 views

TUF 1 alum Mike Swick will enter the octagon for the first time in over two years at UFC 189. Remember Mike Swick? The light heavyweight on TUF 1 that was nowhere near a light heavyweight? The guy th read news >>

Jose Aldo dreams of TUF: Team Nova Uniao vs. Team Alpha Male

  • 26 days ago
  • 15 views

Jose Aldo is back in Rio and says he doesn't care about what Conor has to say and will finish the fight in the opening minutes. He also confesses a dream of a season of The Ultimate Fighter between N read news >>