When Brendan Schaub obliterated Mirko Cro Cop's temple with his iron fist, the knockout (complete with Mirko's crumbling body) looked like it was straight out of a video game.
No surprise, then, that Schaub, AKA "The Hybrid" is one of the featured characters in THQ's upcoming fighter, "UFC Undisputed 3."
"I was in 'UFC Undisputed 2,' but I was only a bonus character, so not everyone got to play as me," Schaub tells me over the phone as we talk about his passion for gaming and knocking people out (both virtually and in real life). "My little nephews bought the game, but they couldn't play as me. They were like: 'I thought you'd be in it.' It's a low blow right there. So being in the game this year, and the fact that I'm actually in the game and not just a bonus character is huge.
"I worked my butt off to be where I'm at, I'm great with the fans, and I think it's that fan support that got me into the game. I'm a company man. The UFC is all I think about, it's all I care about, and it's an honor to be represented in the game."
Jon Robinson: Has THQ given you any insight into your fighter ratings yet for the new game?
Brendan Schaub: They haven't, but let me tell you, they better be good. [laughs] I've seen where the NFL guys get all over the "Madden" creators for their ratings and how they don't look good. One of my buddies plays in the NFL and he was so excited to be in "Madden," but then we got the game and he was a 58. I was like, 'Damn, dog, I don't think it gets any lower than that.' His feelings were hurt. He was hurt. So hopefully I won't see anything like that in the UFC game. I just hope they do me justice. I think THQ knows I have some skills, so I should be good. I'm a gamer, though, so the first day the game comes out, I'm one of the guys standing in line no matter what I'm rated.