Former CU fullback making his move in UFC |

Former CU fullback making his move in UFC

Mike Chambers
The Denver Post
WHEATRIDGE, CO--SEPTEMBER 10TH 2009--Ultimate Fighters, Brendan Schaub, top, and Shane Carwin, practice during a training session at the Grudge Training Center in Wheatridge Thursday morning. THE DENVER POST/ANDY CROSS

WHEAT RIDGE – Brendan Schaub likens his burgeoning Ultimate Fighting Championship career to making the lead block on a fourth-and-goal from the 1.

He’s going to crush somebody, just as he’s been trained.

The former University of Colorado fullback is three years removed from Folsom Field but is scoring points on his own in the octagon. One of the top young heavyweights in the world of mixed martial arts, the 6-foot-4, 244-pound Schaub has an unofficial professional record of 5-0 overall and 4-0 in UFC matches, all by first-round technical knockouts.

“I loved playing football, but I always knew I wanted to be a fighter,” said Schaub, who trains 6 to 8 hours a day, six days a week. “I have my work ethic from football and my dad, who is a black belt in karate and taekwondo, and that’s carried me as far as I’ve gone so far.”

Schaub is one of 16 heavyweights competing on a reality TV show, “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights,” which aired for the first time Wednesday night on Spike TV.

“The guy is a freak athlete. His strength is unreal,” said Trevor Wittman, Schaub’s trainer and owner of Wheat Ridge’s Grudge Training Center.

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