UFC 174's Brendan Schaub hopes move to California puts title run in motion


brendan-schaub-165
VANCOUVER – Two straight losses forced UFC heavyweight Brendan Schaub to make a major adjustment in his life. That adjustment? Pack his bags and move from Colorado to California to start anew.

“I’m a super passionate guy about my career, and I always wake up in the morning with energy and excited about things,” Schaub told MMAjunkie. “That kind of just stopped for me when I was in Denver. I was coming off two losses, and I just knew I needed to make a change.”

The decision was a no-brainer for Schaub. Despite having few contacts in California, he knew the endless training options would be beneficial in taking his career to the next level. To make that happen, he sold all of his belongings and relocated part way across the country.

“I would always go out to California, and I really didn’t know anyone out there,” Schaub said. “I really only knew Mark Munoz, but I knew I had to do something. I just sold everything in Denver and moved out there, and it was the best decision I’ve ever made in my life.”

Schaub doesn’t want to discredit his previous trainers in Denver and the skills they helped him learn. However, he believes his new training regimen in Los Angeles has been a game-changer. The results show, and Schaub is a perfect 2-0 in the octagon since the move.

“I had good things in Colorado, but I just needed to switch things up,” Schaub said. “I just needed to grow as a fighter and as a person. Out in Los Angeles, I’ve assembled a team to become a champion. I have the best in all aspects of the game out there. I’m just happier out there. I’m at the beach every day and stuff like that, so things are really good.”

“The Hybrid” hopes to keep his momentum rolling when he takes on Andrei Arlovski on Saturday at UFC 174 at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena. The bout takes place on the main card (pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET) following the FOX Sports 1-televised preliminary card (8 p.m. ET).

Arlovski (21-10 MMA, 10-4 UFC), a former UFC heavyweight champion, is making his return to the organization after a six-year stint on the regional circuit. He’ll undoubtedly be eager to reintroduce himself to the UFC audience at Schaub’s (10-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) expense.

Even though Arlovski has had an up-and-down road in recent years, he’s likely to be rejuvenated by his return to the world’s premier MMA organization. Despite the fact he has game-planned for Arlovski’s skills accordingly, Schaub readily admits it’s hard to make predictions for fight night.

“I’m not sure what to expect,” Schaub said. “I think that’s why I’m so nervous for this fight. I’m the first to admit that. I’m scared before I fight. Before this one, I’m nervous because I don’t know what to expect. Is it going to be the guy who was beating up Fedor Emelianenko before he made a mistake, or is it going to be the guy who had four straight losses at one point? It’s just the fear of the unknown. He trains at one of the best camps in the world at (Greg) Jackson’s (gym), so I just don’t know what to expect. That’s as honest as I can be.”

A victory over Arlovski would mark Schaub’s second career win over a former UFC titleholder. With that, he hopes to make progress toward a championship contest of his own.

“I would retire right now if (UFC President) Dana White said, ‘Yo, Schaub. You’re never getting a title shot,’” Schaub said. “Or if I was one of those journeymen that won one, lost two, won one, lost two. That just wouldn’t be for me. This sport is way to hard and takes too much time and energy. I expect big things out of myself.

For more on UFC 174, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 8 days ago
  • 50 views

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight Brendan Schaub doesn't want to go into detail, but he's happy as a clam about Travis Browne defecting from Jackson's MMA in Albuquerque, New Mexico, t read news >>

  • 19 days ago
  • 7 views

If former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight kingpin Georges St. Pierre was still on the fence about making his return to mixed martial arts (MMA), after taking a break from combat spo read news >>

  • 20 days ago
  • 26 views

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) delivered a FOX Sports 1 event chock full of brutal knockouts and painful submissions this past Friday night (Sept. 5, 2014) with UFC Fight Night 50: "Jacare vs. read news >>

  • 7 days ago
  • 1 views

Bantamweight Mike Easton has been released by Ultimate Fighting Championship. read news >>

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 views

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight kingpin Johny Hendricks is "about 85 percent" healthy following bicep surgery last spring, and "Bigg Rigg" is expected to put his 170-pound title on read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 11 views

Because they share a similar "mystique" ... Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight Matt Mitrione is no stranger to big, powerful punchers who generate some buzz among the mixed martial arts read news >>

  • 4 days ago
  • 2 views

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is done playing jet setter -- at least for the time being -- and will get back to basics in its hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada. The result is a loaded UFC 178 pay- read news >>

  • 8 days ago
  • 9 views

The Ultimate Fighting Championship, just like any other major sports promotion, is susceptible to injury-plagued moments. Just like a team in the NFL or NBA can have its season hopes ruined by one mi read news >>

  • 6 days ago
  • 2 views

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to pay-per-view (PPV) this weekend (Sat., Sept. 27, 2014) with UFC 178 from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Get complete, official "Johnson v read news >>