Brendan (The Hybrid) Schaub knew it was time for a change.
Following an impressive four-fight win streak, which saw The Ultimate Fighter 10 finalist score victories over Mirko Filipovic and Gabriel Gonzaga, Schaub suffered consecutive KO losses to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Ben Rothwell.
Just like that, the heavyweight prospect went from being on the cusp of cracking the top-10 rankings to being forced back to the drawing board.
“It really was the Nogueira fight in Brazil,” Schaub told QMI Agency during a phone interview. “I realized in that fight that I was kind of surrounded by yes-men. This is how stupid I was: I was so confident I was going to knock out Nogueira that I didn’t even bring a striking coach with me to Brazil. I was like, ‘I’m going to knock him out. I got this.’"