UFC Heavyweight Brendan Schaub has announced he is taking a sabbatical from the sport.
Schaub, also a former professional football player for the AFL's Utah Blaze, cited two main reasons for the decision – a desire to pursue his growing entertainment career and his unwillingness to sign the UFC's uniform deal with Reebok.
"Do I want one more?" Schaub said. "F*** yes, man. But it just doesn't make sense. I can't see myself, when it comes down to this, I can't see myself in a f****** Reebok kit walking out to that Octagon. I can't see myself being like, 'You know what? Cool, man. Yeah, that's what I'm worth. I'm worth 10-grand to you guys. I'm gonna do this.' And I have other opportunities."
The UFC's agreement with Reebok seed fighters being paid for wearing their clothing according to a tiered structure based on tenure.
Schaub currently makes upwards of $100,000 in sponsors per contest, but under the Reebok agreement this would drop down to around $10,000.
Despite his unhappiness with the situation, Schaub does not bear a grudge against the UFC or president Dana White.
"People think I'm this hater on the UFC or whatever — I owe it to the UFC," Schaub said. "I'll always be indebted to the UFC. People think I have a problem with Dana White. I definitely don't. If Dana was in trouble and texted me right now and said, 'Hey Schaub, I wish you'd quit talking s** about Reebok or I need help,' you got it, man. Cool. Done.
"I'll always be a supporter of the UFC. Whatever they need. But for right now, I've gotta take a step away and focus on this crazy frickin' entertainment podcast career I've got going on. I'm so blessed."
Schaub hasn't officially retired, so the possibility of returning to the Octagon at some point remains.
"I'll always still watch every fight," Schaub said. "Who knows what happens in the future, but for right now there's no way. They can offer me anybody and there's no way. There's no way I can put all this on hold and be like, let me go take this fight."
Schaub holds a 6-5 record in the UFC, with notable wins over Mirko Cro Cop, Gabriel Gonzaga and Matt Mitrione. He lost his last two fights, including his most recent one to Travis Browne at UFC 181 in December 2014.
"I'm stepping away from the game, man," Schaub said. "There's not gonna be no Schaub Reebok kits out there. I won't be fighting anyone any time soon."