On Being Bullied…

On Episode #137, Brendan tells a story about how he tried to settle things like a man with a former teammate in college. The story is located here if you’d like to listen. We’ll bullet point the main points below.

  • Brendan had a roommate who was “The biggest bitch on the team.” who Brendan didn’t get along with.
  • The roommate put his name on his food because Brendan would eat it.
  • Brendan says “So what would I do? I’d eat it all, throw out the rest, then put it back.” Meaning, he’d put the empty boxes of food back with the notes still on them.
  • The roommate called his mom and told her what Brendan did.
  • Brendan hangs up on the mom by saying “Get the fuck out of here.”
  • The lease stipulated that the roommate got the parking spot three days per week while Brendan got it four. The roommate begins parking his bike in the spot.
  • Brendan’s car is broken into.
  • Brendan wants to go in and fight the roommate to see who stays in the apartment. The roommate does not want to fight.
  • Brendan admits that the roommate did not break into the car.
  • Brendan spits in the roommates face and the roommate doesn’t retaliate.
  • Brendan grabbed him by the sweat shirt and threw him through a glass door.
  • He went to practice and “roasted the guy” at practice.

On Episode #138, Bryan reads an email from a listener who essentially says that Brendan was in the wrong. The roommate had every right to place his name on his food. He had every right to use the parking spot. Essentially he didn’t really do anything wrong other than the phone call from his mother, which is a bit ridiculous to say the least. That segment can be viewed here:

Brendan responds by saying:

  • He says, “Everyone this day and age wants to get lawyers involved, call their mom, call their parents. They want to include all of this paperwork and not deal with it man to man.”
  • He continues by saying “There is no bully here.” and that the roommate was bigger than him, older than him, and that it had been a reoccurring issue for a long time.
  • Brendan says he was being bullied.

After that response, Brendan goes on and on talking about how not fighting to handle situations is being a “bitch” and so on. You can listen if you’d like to hear that.

Even with Brendan’s rebuttal, we’re still unsure on how Brendan had been bullied. His response was that it had been going on for months but we’re not sure what exactly “it” is. What had been going on for months? Brendan eating his food without permission? We’ve had roommates and that can be quite annoying. A passive aggressive note might not be the best idea but if fighting is the only response, we can understand why someone wouldn’t want to talk things out with Brendan.

We encourage you to ask Brendan to clarify the situation even more. This isn’t a matter of nitpicking what Brendan is saying. This is a matter of a potential role model offering quite possibly the worst advice ever to a lot of younger men.

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On Airing Dirty Laundry…

At the start of Episode 136 Brendan Schaub goes on a multi-minute diatribe about Ariel Helwani and how he should be more transparent and let the fans know exactly what his dealings were with the UFC. Although there is some truth to that, it’s quite hypocritical and we’ll tell you why.

At 8:58 into the episode, Brendan says:

If I was him I would have went more into detail. I thought it was a cop out when he went “You guys are smart, you’ll figure it out.” That doesn’t do it for me, Ariel. You need to be real with the fans. Because now you’re not in that FOX suit where the man is telling what to do address and what you can and cannot say.

If you want the fans to appreciate what you’re doing and you want them to fall on board and you want them to stay true, bring them on this journey man. Let us know what happened. Get detailed with it. What was your issues? You know me man. I’m an open book. I’ll tell you exactly how it went down. When I got – When the UFC had issues I let you know. I’ll post the email I got from Dana White. I don’t give a fuck.

He continues on for another few minutes on the topic. We find this a little hypocritical and we’ll tell you why.

Brendan has bad blood with the UFC

It’s not surprise to even a casual listener that Brendan Schaub has bad blood with UFC. While we’re completely on board with his opinion of the Reebok deal, and the UFC using his likeness in the new UFC 2 video game, it’s quite apparent that there is animosity between Schaub and UFC heads.

  • In Episode 134, Brendan talks about how the UFC still owes him an upward of $37,000. You can view that here.
  • Any time Schaub says something negative about the UFC (which is quite often), he always makes it a huge point to stress how much he loves the UFC and management. Then frequently talks about how bad the UFC management is and how a “troll in a cheap suit” is picking the fights.

Brendan hasn’t always been honest with fans

He jokingly refers to his Metamoris performance as the “Schaub Shutdown” and for the most part we agree that it was the right move because Cyborg would have put a hurtin’ most high level black belts, let alone a brown belt like Schaub.

He makes it seem like a strategy of his and put spin on it to make it seem like Cyborg was the one who didn’t engage. Although we admit that Cyborg falling to his ass and pulling guard is less than exciting, just watch the “fight” and you’ll see how little Schaub engaged.

It’s only been up until recently (In Episode 135 with Kenny Florian) that Schaub admitted that he didn’t engage and it was because he didn’t want to play Cyborg’s game. The fact of the matter is, he knew he would be beaten badly (Just like most people on that card, to be fair) and his skill-set wasn’t up to par. Is that being transparent or is that spinning his actions to suit his image?

Come clean, Brendan

If you say you’ll show us emails from Dana then publish them. Let us read exactly what the issue was. Be sure to include your responses as well. Show us the financial papers from your sponsors showing that you made over 6 figures per fight. Tell us exactly what FOX execs didn’t like about TFATK 3D and what Netflix said about Callen’s comedy special. Don’t brush over it. Give us the details. You owe it to us just like Helwani owes his  explanation to us.

On watching porn…

In episode 129 Brendan talks about how he watches porn that takes place in a fake taxi. He goes on to describe nearly every detail about the videos and ends the story with “I watch those. Sometimes! When I was a kid.”

This seemed sketchy so we did a quick search on Google Trends. As you can see, the searches for this kind of porn skyrocketed in 2013-2014. Using this logic, we can only deduce that Brendan is embarrassed by the fact that he said he watches porn.

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We’re not entirely sure why the subject seems sore, but Brendan must be shy for a reason!  Interesting.

On size in MMA…

In episode 128, Brendan Schaub and Bryan Callen got into a fairly heated debate on the topic of size in MMA. Brendan is notorious for pointing out Callen’s obsession with fighters’ size and used this as the crux of his argument.

Throughout the frustrating time on the episode, Brendan did a great job of distracting Bryan from the very logical points he frequently made thus never allowing the argument to have a true resolution.

The argument started by Bryan saying:

“Robbie Lawler is way too big for Connor McGregor. That’d be the craziest… For Conor to fight Robbie Lawler is the craziest thing. Don’t you think? That’s crazy. All due respect to Conor Mcgregor, Robbie Lawler is a-Talk about a bigger, stronger, indestructible man. Good luck! Robbie Lawler, I feel, is just a different weight class for God’s sake.”

Brendan interjects, “Different weight class? No shit.” Obviously focusing on one small aspect of Bryan’s soliloquy rather than the main point.

Bryan says, “That’s getting too big for your breeches.” and the rest of the dialogue continues as follows:

Brendan: “I don’t think so. I think at 170, I think Conor beats Robbie Lawler, but other than that the match ups are tough for him.”

Bryan: “He’s not beating Wonderboy; not in a million years. He’s getting knocked out by Wonderboy. How about that?”

Brendan: “Maybe, like I said though,” [They talk over one another for a moment], “You’re too obsessed with size, Bryan-”

Bryan: “Dude, in fighting? With Robbie Lawler? I’m not too obsessed with size-”

Brendan: “You are. That’s all you notice is size.”

Bryan: “Robbie Lawler’s power. Robie Lawler’s durability.”

Brendan: “How’s he going to hit him?”

Bryan: “The way he’s hit everybody ever.”

They go on to debate the fact that Robbie hit Carlos Condit easily, how tough Robbie Lawler is, and who he’s beaten. Brendan mentions that it’s about match ups rather than size.

Bryan: “[With] Robbie Lawler size makes a big difference. When you’re both highly skilled fighters, and you’re ta lking about a champion in Robbie Lalwer, it makes a big difference. it just does. In his power, in his ability to absorb shots-”

Brendan: “So as long as you’re the bigger guy, you’re going to win every time?”

Bryan: “What did I just say?”

Brendan: “You said sized matters. You said size matters.”

Bryan: “At a certain skill level, size 100% matters.”

The two continue to go back and forth, but the main point of the argument has been said. Brendan, however, completely ignores it.

What was Bryan Callen’s point?

Bryan’s point is simple. When a fighter gets to fight in the high level promotions like the UFC, the skill level is already so high that everything counts. Style, athletic ability, and you guessed it – size.

Brendan was so hell-bent on playing the contrarian that he simply dismissed this, very logical, point multiple times by stating how obsessed Callen is with size.

Logic would tell you that it’s not so much Callen’s obsession with size as much as it is fact. Brendan has completely contradicted himself yet again and here is how.

After Brendan was beaten by Travis Browne he was confronted by Joe Rogan and had to make a decision. Continue fighting at heavyweight where he didn’t seem to be progressing, stop fighting, or move to a different weight class.

For a brief time, Brendan decided he was going to cut weight and fight at 205lb. This was notoriously called “The Big Brown Slim Down.” He was going to cut down in size and he wanted The Fighter and the Kid listeners to do it with him. After the Reebok deal happened, he wisely decided to step away from fighting because it would not be financially worth taking the trauma to the head and body for such minimal amounts of money.

If you can’t see how contradictory this is then I’ll explain. Brendan decided that it would better suit him to fight at a smaller weight class where he would be bigger, stronger, and more powerful against his opponents. If this isn’t the argument that Bryan Callen made then we don’t know what is.

Instead of playing the contrarian, “Alpha”, or whatever else he’s trying to do, Brendan might learn a few things if he takes a moment to listen, digest what people have to say, and respond accordingly instead of immediately spouting off his famous line; “I disagree.”

We get it. You disagree.

If you’d like to listen to the episode yourself, you can listen on Sound Cloud. The argument begins at 33:50.

What do you think? Is Brendan Schaub going to far being being so contradictory about points that Callen makes? Does make for interesting moments on the show? Do you like it or dislike it? Let us know.

On school shootings…

“You’re just just a fucking evil kid. You can call it whatever you want. I’m sick of this ‘mental illness’ being a cop out. I agree. Maybe he’s depressed. I know a lot of manic depressive / bi-polar people. Not one of them want to go crazy and shoot up a school”

How do you know that Brendan? Have you had in depth conversations about what is going on inside of their heads? Are you a train Mental Health Professional? Do you have access to their mental health records? Get real.