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Brendan Schaub is Terrified of Mirko CroCop … And That’s Exactly How He Wants It

("Herb, thank God it’s you. I had the worst dream." PicProps: MMA Crazed)

Brendan Schaub is scared, you guys. Not just a little nervous, but borderline terrified. He’s afraid of what Mirko CroCop might do to him during their upcoming fight at UFC 128. He’s afraid of losing – this fight, the money, the momentum in the heavyweight division – and he’s afraid of what people will say about him if he does lose. The last thing Schaub wants is to have to spend another three months moping around the house like he did after getting KTFOed by Roy Nelson at the “TUF 10” finale. He doesn’t want to have to listen to the haters say “I told you so,” and he damn sure doesn’t want to face his teammates at Grudge Training Center on the heels of another defeat. That’s why Schaub tells MMA on Wednesday that he makes a point of scaring the bejesus out of himself before every fight.

"Every guy I fight, I create just this monster out of him,” Schaub says. “It doesn’t matter who it is – (Chris) Tuchscherer, Chase Gormley – I just make them into these nightmares. It makes me train harder and makes me so much sharper in the cage. It gets me focused."

Unorthodox? No doubt. Most fighters spend the time leading up to big bouts trying to convince themselves they’re capable of steamrolling a gorilla or beating up 40 ninjas, so long as they can get the fight to the ground or (depending on their preference) keep it on the feet. Not Schaub. He prefers freaking himself out. And what freaks him out the most? The thought of losing it all.

"In MMA, it’s weird," he says. "If a quarterback in football has a horrible game, he has next week to prove himself again. People jump on and jump off. In MMA you lose … and people write you off. Like with (Gabriel) Gonzaga. Gonzaga is an absolute nightmare. That guy, he lost to Shane (Carwin) and (Junior) dos Santos, and to Randy Couture for a title. But when I beat him people were like, ‘Yeah, but he’s kind of at the end of his leg with the UFC.’ Really? He beat, like, 98 percent of the UFC heavyweights. With Cro Cop it’s the same thing. That guy’s tough, man. That’s why I train so hard. It’s a lot of pressure."

Schaub says in preparation for his meeting with CroCop, he went back and watched all of the legendary knockout artist’s fights. UFC, Pride, K-1, everything. All the better to effectively horrify himself, to make sure he’s so scared that he doesn’t miss a single day of training and when he is in the gym, he gives it his all. Seems to be working, as evidenced by the brand new lump of cauliflower ear he’s sporting on the left side of his head. The one the other dudes at Grudge seem to think is so funny.
"He used to be such a good-looking guy," trainer Trevor Wittman said earlier this week. "Every girl who came in here would always say to me, ‘That Brendan is fine.’ Not going to happen anymore."

To hear MMA Fighting tell it, Schaub is working overtime driving to different gyms to make sure he’s as prepared as he can be for CroCop. What keeps him motivated through the early mornings and late nights? Through the bumps and bruises and giant growths sprouting from his ear? It’s the fear, people. The fear.

"Some days it’s really hard," Schaub says. "Especially a sparring day where I’ve got Shane (Carwin). I mean, Shane? Oh, man. It’s hard to get out of bed after that, but then I get up and drive an hour (to the gym). Other guys miss it. Those are the guys working at Kinko’s and trying to be fighters, you know what I’m saying?"

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DangadaDang- January 26, 2011 at 7:52 pm
See I just grew up in a neighborhood were we had dance offs to settle things like real men.
MoTropolis- January 26, 2011 at 2:54 pm
Im prety sure Sudos KFC has a raging boner for Brendan Schaub. It's probably his FEAR of rejection thats keeping him from sending the love letter and collage of pictures he collected of Brendan from the internet. Dont be scared faggot!
myklhoey- January 26, 2011 at 1:52 pm
that caption was so fuckin funny
@kid clam curtians. lol what the fuck was that
, ok my comment. before mma was mma, i took bjj,judo, greco roman and grew up in a tough city where fights were common,
and afta all the beefs i got into, i didnt need more fear for the next one, i was nervous enough,
fightin scary unless of course your drunk, and i think to much fear is a negative that could get you koed, happend to me once so i know.
anyone on here whos beefed more than 5 times knows that most of its mental, or i should say if you think your ginna get yoked you will, confidence is huge,
so i dont see this jabroni goin to far with that mantlity
myklhoey- January 26, 2011 at 1:50 pm
i dont think i eva laughted so hard about gettin shitted on, but that was fuckin funny
RSparrow- January 26, 2011 at 1:44 pm
Never disappointed from a PurpleDickMeat comment.

**Can we have a damn caption contest already? And say goodnight is going on 2 weeks now, which eliminates its purpose.

Get Off Me- January 26, 2011 at 1:39 pm
I think Schaub will beat Cro Cop, after seeing what Barry did to Cro Cop, I will lay down some money on Schaub in this fight.
I like Mirko, got to see him fight in the glory days, but much like most of the pride guys. it was the glory days when they were at their best.

@Sudos KFC
I suppose Silva returned Fryklund's family in exchange for his soul then.
PurpleDickMeat- January 26, 2011 at 1:13 pm
Yes... everyone should listen close to @myklhoey. I too grew up in a rough neighborhood where I worried about many many men getting their big hot beefs in me. No judo or greco roman for me, but I was a skilled practitioner of the bbj art. Yes, black blow jobs were a daily occurence and we all know what cums after the blowjobs. I too was scared of being gored constantly by packs of wild black men, only when I was drunk did this not seem so frightening. But all the booze and black thick cocks just turned me into a cheap drunk man whore. I can only imagine @myklhoey's mindset when he was about to get "yoked". I've never been "yoked" nor do I know what it means but from one fag to another I'm sure it has something to do with multiple partners injecting a thick off-white substance into your anus only to have it forcefully removed later. I will now think of this before every breeding. And when @myklhoey says that shaub won't go far with his "mantlity" I'm assuming you're talking about his man titty, if this is true I couldn't agree with you more. Not many fighters make it to the top of their division with a man titty. Man titties work better in male to female gender transformations. Wonderful insight @myklhoey I truly appreciate your comment.
Sudos KFC- January 26, 2011 at 12:47 pm
Wow thank you Motropolis. You must be SUCH a great fighter...joke. Everybodys process is different. Some convince themeselves its not a big deal, some try and convince themselves the other person has their family (Tony Frykland does this for real) some tell themselves they have baseball bat shins, a concrete chin and dynamite hands.

There are many roads that lead to rome, so STFU. You are just a keyboard warrior/pathetic geek without any hope or prayer of even being half the fighter schaub is...and guess what? He is mentally stronger than you too. You just don't understand ANYTHING you're trying to talk about.
Fried Taco- January 26, 2011 at 12:40 pm
I like the caption, but according to Stitch's autobiography, it's usually him letting the fighter know what happened. And he usually has to say it three times before they finally get it.
Sniffer-Piffits- January 26, 2011 at 12:24 pm
Cro Cop is getting older and a little slower, but I still wanna see him crush some folks.... Sorry, Schaub.... CRO COP!!!
RSparrow- January 26, 2011 at 11:32 am

"Shaub, evidently fear IS a factor for you... pussy."
MoTropolis- January 26, 2011 at 11:29 am
What an idiot. Fear is useless, unless its debilitating, in which case its still completely negative. If you have a fear of sharks its either going to keep you from going in the ocean, which sucks for you, cause youre missing out, or its...well, thats the point, its does nothing. If you do decide to fight your fear and go into the ocean anyway, and then be unlucky enough to have an encounter with a shark, that fear of it isnt going to help you at all, If anything, it will fuck you over even more, because you will most likely panic and not do anything to help your situation. Brendon needs to realize that knowledge of the threat an opponent poses is what will help him better deal with him. Fear is for sucka's. Knowing his preparation for this fight, I now predict Cro-Cop will leave him sleeping on the mat.
LOKI- January 26, 2011 at 11:23 am
So say we all!
DesolationUSA- January 26, 2011 at 11:05 am
Momentum in the HW division? Everyone know's Schuab sucks...
Waxedpants- January 26, 2011 at 10:51 am
caption win
jimbonics- January 26, 2011 at 10:51 am
LHK to CroCop turned out to be the worst thing to happen to Gonzaga.
mahlbawlz- January 26, 2011 at 10:50 am
I'm scared of the zombie apocalypse, but that fear keeps me sharp and focused.
Kid Clam Curtains- January 26, 2011 at 10:38 am
Schaub has a tiny head. I'd still fuck him though, ftr.