Brendan Schaub announces that he plans to fight at light heavyweight in 2015

Brendan Schaub has made it official as the Ultimate Fighter alum is moving down to the light heavyweight division after being a heavyweight for his entire career.

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Schaub announced the move on the latest episode of The Fighter and The Kid Podcast.

“As far as the fight game goes, I’ve dealt with some injuries as far as my neck, went back into training, it gave me some issues so we decided to take a little more time off,” Schaub said on his podcast. “The plan is 205 and I will fight in 2015 at 205, light heavyweight.”

Schaub (10-5) entered the UFC in 2009 when he was a finalist during The Ultimate Fighter 10. He has gone 6-5 in the promotion and has lost back to back fights. His most recent defeat came in December as he lost to Travis Browne by TKO at UFC 181. He has hinted at this moved for the past couple of weeks and does Schaub have an opponent in mind for his light heavyweight debut?

“Potential matchups? No idea, no clue. I am sure you guys have a better idea than me,” he said. “That is the plan. As far as training, I have been apart of Lyoto Machida’s camp. I have been helping him out. He is getting ready for Luke Rockhold. I have been grappling with him and have not been sparring at all. Trying out some new coaches. That is the plan.”

After the defeat to Browne in December, UFC commentator Joe Rogan did a podcast with Schaub and Bryan Callen. During the podcast, Rogan gave Schaub some criticism about his fight game and talk about retirement for the UFC fighter. Schaub has not forgotten about that and has thought about what it will be like to look at Rogan when he wins his 205 pound debut.

“Could you imagine when I win, looking over at Rogan and being like, ‘I think  you would be surprised.’ I am going to get on the mic and I am going to stare directly into the eyes of Rogan and go, are you surprised,” Schaub stated. “That is what I am going to do. That is all I think about. It will be great.”