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Brendan Schaub Angling for Big Nog Fight in Rio [UPDATED]

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(On the bright side, at least Mirko’s foot didn’t twist around 180 degrees this time.)

[UPDATE, 1:39 p.m. ET: The UFC has confirmed Brendan Schaub vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira for UFC 134.]

Following a year’s worth of layoffs due to surgery on his knee and hips, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira announced this weekend that he’d be returning to action at UFC 134 (aka ‘UFC Rio‘) on August 27th. He didn’t name an opponent, but said that he’s “looking forward to fighting in the co-main event.” His longtime training partner Anderson Silva will be headlining the show against Yushin Okami.

Though Nogueira’s boxing coach Luis Dorea suggested a rematch with Mirko Cro Cop for Big Nog’s return fight, UFC heavyweight contender Brendan Schaub is trying to call dibs on the fight himself:

We are lobbying daily for the fight,” said Schaub’s manager Lex McMahon in a text to “As of now, we have not been offered the fight. We are optimistic that if [Nogueira] is healthy, Brendan has a good shot to be his opponent in Brazil…Also, I’m a huge Cro Cop fan and have tremendous respect for him, but it seems a stretch that Cro Cop would fight [Nogueira] in Brazil after Brendan knocked him out with one of the most vicious KOs I’ve ever seen. Brendan is one of the most dominant fighters in the division and we’re hopeful the UFC will reward him with the great honor of fighting in Rio.”

Schaub has racked up four-consecutive victories in the Octagon, establishing himself as a serious heavyweight contender with his recent wins over Cro Cop and Gabriel Gonzaga. Nogueira would be another big-name feather in the Hybrid’s cap — and there’s no better time to challenge him than when he’s coming off a battery of injuries and surgeries. Very clever, Brendan.

Of course, the UFC might set Big Nog up with a less dangerous opponent if they want the Brazilian legend to pick up a comeback victory on his home turf. And if that’s the case, we just might see Cro Cop going through the motions one last time.

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warchief65- May 16, 2011 at 10:15 pm
Big Nog is coming off an injuries , and , like it or not , stick a fork in him , he's done . Like , two years ago . Same as Cro COP ,
Spicymeatball- May 16, 2011 at 9:05 pm
Hate to say it but Big Nog is in trouble. Schaub is on an absolute tear since losing to Roy and has some of the best boxing in the division. Big Nog like Cro Cop is unfortunately an undersized, old, legend that the UFC is using to make Schaub a potential star. Don't see how Nog can win, doubtful he will get the takedown, Schaub is just too big and athletic.
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Jubbie- May 16, 2011 at 2:57 pm
If both Roy and Brendan win their fights, it sets them up for a pretty sweet revenge/maybe top contender fight depending on how long Brock is out.
MKO- May 16, 2011 at 11:37 am
I love Big Nog, but he is done. Schaub by TKO. You do not come back from the type of hip surgery Big Nog had. If the fight goes to the ground, Big Nog will have nothing; with what he had done, I would be shocked if Nog could sweep someone half his size.
orsusband- May 16, 2011 at 11:36 am
@The_Dead_Cow, it was changed buddy, pal, chief.
Hey Cagepotato, can i get some credit! :)
DangadaDang- May 16, 2011 at 11:20 am
Yeah, not really a fan of this guy. What's the matter Schuab, no desire to erase that loss to Nelson yet?
danomite- May 16, 2011 at 11:12 am
I heard Schaub plans on celebrating his win over Big Nog by having sex with pamela anderson #thingsthatwereimpressivetenyearsago
danomite- May 16, 2011 at 11:10 am
was tank abbott not available to fight schaub?
cymatics- May 16, 2011 at 11:09 am

'Really dude' to you too... that was one of the "most vicious KOs" you've ever seen? Like I said, it was a nice shot, but that wasn't even in the top 10 of "most vicious KOs".

And yes... Tank Abbott (say what you will about his profound lack or stamina or finesse) has WAY more vicious KOs to his credit:
The_Dead_Cow- May 16, 2011 at 11:02 am
@ orsusband

"“Very clever, Brandon.”
?? how does the writer of this article get the guys name wrong mid article?"

Dude, when you take a quote from the article try using copy and paste. The only person that made a spelling mistake was you. Nice try tho.
Oaker- May 16, 2011 at 9:41 am
Schaub is a warm-up fight for Nog. There is nothing Brandon is going to throw at Nogueira that he can't handle. If it goes to the ground thats a no brainer who wins there. But i also think Nog can beat him standing up as well.
Pen Fifteen- May 16, 2011 at 9:16 am
Yes, Schaub is one of the most dominant fighters in the division, which is why he jabbed and prayed his way through 2.9 rounds with Gonzaga, before he idiotically tried a takedown and was almost choked out in the last 30 seconds of the fight.
Dizzylittlelord- May 16, 2011 at 8:55 am
who'se nog going to fight, maybe mike russow after his fight later this month that would be a good fight, someone with no ground game would be good too,
ExpectJesusBro- May 16, 2011 at 8:52 am
Same as how everyone wanted to call out Wandy for his comeback. and how everyone jumped on the Bisbing train...
ExpectJesusBro- May 16, 2011 at 8:51 am
Exactly danomite, exactly what i was thinking... "What a pussy."
Sloppyspray- May 16, 2011 at 8:41 am
No Bellator results???...
danomite- May 16, 2011 at 8:33 am
I'm surprised that he didn't say Nog is a hero of his and it would be an honor to fight him. He realizes that calling out a guy that has been ko'd in 2 of his last 3 fights and is way past his prime and coming off a year lay-off due to knee surgery makes him look like a huge pussy right? You're riding a 4 fight win streak, it's time to make a step up in competition. If you want to fight nog so bad why don't you let him get a warm up fight first before you call him out.
orsusband- May 16, 2011 at 8:22 am
"Very clever, Brandon."
?? how does the writer of this article get the guys name wrong mid article?
mDino- May 16, 2011 at 8:22 am
really dude? tank abbott? cro cop has great stand up and schaub nailed him!!
DARKHORSE06- May 16, 2011 at 8:21 am
I hate Brandan Swab more than any other fighter in the UFC and I have no idea why.
cymatics- May 16, 2011 at 8:14 am
"Brendan knocked him out with one of the most vicious KOs I’ve ever seen"

Uhhh... he landed a nice shot, but I don't know about all that. Just about every KO shot Tank Abbott ever landed was more vicious than that.
ExpectJesusBro- May 16, 2011 at 8:06 am
Cro Cop... one last time. poor guy. Schaub is a little too much for Nog to make a comback on at this time, IMO.
the silver hawaiian- May 16, 2011 at 8:00 am
Cro Cop..