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Brendan Schaub planning move to light heavyweight this year

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Brendan Schaub is not stepping away from the UFC. But he is making changes.

The biggest one will be weight class. Schaub said on his Fighter & The Kid podcast this week that he will compete this year at light heavyweight, dropping down from heavyweight.

"The plan is 205 and I will fight in 2015 at 205, light heavyweight," Schaub said.

Schaub (10-5) is coming off a first-round TKO loss to Travis Browne at UFC 181 in December. After that fight, UFC color commentator Joe Rogan had Schaub on his podcast and essentially told Schaub that he should retire. Rogan's message was that Schaub can do other things and doesn't think he needs to fight anymore considering he is not a legitimate contender for a title.

Schaub, 32, disagreed. And he referenced Rogan on The Fighter & The Kid this week, too.

"Can you imagine when I win [at light heavyweight], looking over at Rogan and being like 'I think you'd be surprised,'" Schaub said.

Schaub is currently helping Lyoto Machida prepare for his fight with Luke Rockhold at UFC on FOX 15 on April 18 in Newark. The former Ultimate Fighter 10 castmate is also shopping around for new coaches and healing a lingering neck injury. But he will be back in the Octagon before the end of 2015 in the new division.

"Potential matchups?" Schaub said. "No idea, no clue. I'm sure you guys have a better idea than me."

Schaub has solid wins at heavyweight over the likes of Matt Mitrione, Mirko Cro Cop and Gabriel Gonzaga. But the Los Angeles resident has lost two straight and four of his last six.

Seems like those days at heavyweight for "Big Brown" are over. At least for now.

"Light heavyweight is the plan, people," Schaub said.

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