If while scrolling through the heavyweight roster on the new EA Sports UFC video game, you caught yourself wondering why you can't choose Brendan Schuab as a playable character, you're not alone.
"Big Brown" himself was baffled as to why he was left off the roster, but seems to think that the contract negotiations he was going through with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) while the game was in production had a lot to do with it.
That, or the the powers that be over at the Las Vegas, Nevada-based mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion simply left him off because he "sucks," according to Schaub. Nevertheless, he can't support the game after being snubbed.
His words on the most recent episode of "The Fighter & The Kid" podcast:
"I don't know if it's contract negotiations or what. When I was at the Joe Rogan show, one of the creators came up to me and said, 'listen man, we've seen the outcries, we know we're going to figure it out and we're going to put you in the game.' So, I'm waiting for that. How realistic that is, I'm not sure. They can make me a downloadable character. When the game was being processed I was in negotiation talks. Or the UFC just thinks I suck. That might be it. UFC might be like, 'Schaub sucks, we're not putting him in the game.' But when you're talking about heavyweights, you're fucking crazy for not putting me in there. So I won't even mention the game, I won't touch the game. I'm also old, so I don't play video games. But yeah, I can't support the game. That game can suck a dick."
Schaub, however, isn't alone, as fan favorite (as well as a Dana White favorite) Diego Sanchez was also left off the video game, as well.
As far as real life fisticuffs, Schaub has an idea of who he'd like to fight next, as he threw out the idea of potentially fighting Frank Mir. Two "cocky" fighters looking to knock each other out? What's not to like?
"I would love to fight Frank Mir. Can you imagine the 'Countdown' for that? We're both cocky. People would be like, 'I hate both these guys. I hope he knocks him out and they both never fight again.' People hate both of us. I love Frank Mir, I'd love to fight Frank Mir."
Not a bad idea.
Both men are coming off losses, as Mir was dominated by Alistair Overeem at UFC 169 earlier this year, while Schaub recently lost a split decision to Andrei Arlovski at UFC 174 (video).
As far as his issues with EA Sports, those may resolved if the creators can somehow get him in as a downloadable character.
But would you play with him?