As UFC 181 nears, Brendan Schaub has found himself discussing the Glendale Fighting Club, and its coach, Edmond Tarverdyan, as much as his actual fight with Travis Browne.
Of course, this was all brought on by Schaub himself, when he relayed on Joe Rogan’s podcast a while back that Browne had made a mistake by leaving Jackson’s MMA for the California gym. Not surprisingly, the comments didn’t go over well with Browne, and more recently, Tarverdyan fired back at Schaub by saying he doesn’t think the heavyweight can “fight for sh–“. Now that’s got to hurt right?
Apparently not. Schaub recently spoke with MMA Fighting.com’s Ariel Helwani, and when informed of Tarverdyan’s response, he stated:
“I can’t be bothered by it. I don’t care. That’s like Kimbo Slice’s jiu-jitsu coach making fun of me; you know what I’m saying? Alright, you’re Ronda Rousey’s striking coach. She wins every fight by submission really, so I don’t care. He’s putting more pressure on Travis.”
Schaub was also asked about his initial statements, regarding Browne’s decision to prepare for their fight at the Glendale Fighting Club, and clearly “Big Brown” isn’t going to walk back his words.
“Leaving Jackson’s, I’ve trained there, you’re leaving the stable of some of the best fighters in the world. I live in the Los Angeles area, I go to every gym, I know the layout, the groundwork of mixed-martial-arts in Los Angeles, and I just believe he made a wrong choice…I know there’s better camps to go to.”
Now, if the gym doesn’t ring a bell, it’s where Ronda Rousey has done a ton of training, and more recently, Jake Ellenberger has also been preparing with Tarverdyan. So, clearly, there are some well established fighters who believe it’s a great place to train.
That said, Jackson’s MMA is without question one of the world’s greatest facilities, and is not only home to all-star fighters like Jon Jones, Donald Cerrone and Carlos Condit etc, heavyweights like Andrei Arlovski and Alistair Overeem also train out of the gym.
Browne-Schaub is an interesting fight, and as the latter, quite rightfully relayed in the aforementioned interview, all the pressure should be on “Hapa”. Browne is the UFC’s #3 ranked heavyweight, while Schaub currently isn’t positioned in the top 15.
UFC 181 will be hosted by the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.