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Brendan Schaub: “I’ll Knock Nogueira Out In Round Two”

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By Anton Gurevich

Brendan Schaub currently holds a professional MMA record of 8-1, with five consecutive victories inside the Octagon. “The Hybrid” was knocked out by Roy Nelson at the TUF 10 Finale, but bounced back with convincing performances against Chase Gormley and Chris Tuchscherer. Schaub then moved up the ladder, adding prestigious victories over Gabriel Gonzaga and Mirko Cro Cop to his record.

On August 27th, The Ultimate Fighter Season 10 finalist will look to solidify his place in the heavyweight title mix with a victory over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The fight will be a part of the UFC’s stacked UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami fight card, and will mark Nogueira’s MMA debut in his homeland.

Speaking exclusively to, Brendan Schaub shared his thoughts about the fight with Big Nog, competing in Brazil, and a shot at Cain Velasquez‘s UFC Heavyweight title. You can follow Schaub on Twitter @BrendanSchaub.

You have a big fight coming up next weekend against Minotauro Nogueira. Is this the biggest fight of your career so far?
Yeah, without a doubt. I think it’s a toughest test for me, and you know, Nogueira is one of the best Heavyweights of all time. It’s a monumental fight of my career. He never fought in Brazil, so it would be a great thing to say after August 27th “Hey, I beat Nogueira in Brazil.”


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Todd M- August 22, 2011 at 9:02 pm
@ Get Off Me , My thoughts exactly, if The Nog who fought Randy shows up he's gunna win, he could even get a KO himself
Get Off Me- August 22, 2011 at 11:49 am
" adding prestigious victories over Gabriel Gonzaga and Mirko Cro Cop to his record."

The first question of the Lowkick interview makes me think a CP Ban for "Is this the biggest fight of your career so far?"
No Anton, this can't possibly be the biggest fight of Schaub's career so far...amateur.

I have my money on Nog as I think he can get this fight to the ground and sub Schaub, I like many others though worry what kinda shape Nog is in right now, but much like he did against Randy, I see him coming out and putting on a great show.
j-k-martin- August 22, 2011 at 10:33 am
I have been suprised at how good Schaub has looked. I never expected much from him on TUF but he keeps suprizing me. He may just pull this off.
WK- August 22, 2011 at 9:18 am
I'd like to see him beat Big Nog just to see a monster like Carwin, JDS, Lesnar, Velasquez spread his guts all over the canvas.
And if BigNog wins, FOREVER PRIDE, baby.
Seriously, I don't like this guy.
XENOPHON- August 22, 2011 at 9:13 am
Everyone is in agreement.
All I have seen in Que-Tip-Schaub is that he can punch, and for a competitor his size he has good (not great) coordination and reflexes.

Outside of this all are aware he could not handle the bi power from Big Country. He is simply a fluff fight to see if NOG (who is a crowd draw from Brazil) can still work his magic after coming out of the repair shop.
Let's see how NOG's two knee's and hip hold up.
Morningwood- August 22, 2011 at 8:03 am
yeah or fight Kongo, or Barry first too.
jimbonics- August 22, 2011 at 8:01 am
For starters, he won't beat Nog. If he does, it certainly won't be by KO, since that's happened exactly ONE time in his career, albeit his last fight.
Nog wins this on Pride alone.
skeletor- August 22, 2011 at 7:54 am
He can't really believe he would be next in line for atitle shot after beating Nog. I don't think he would make it out of the first round with Cain or Junior. I think he would have to at least beat a Mir, or Big Country for me to take him serious at all. I think he would even have problems with Struve, Mitrione, or even Rothwell.
Pen Fifteen- August 22, 2011 at 7:52 am
I agree as well. The guy does appear to be a decent natural striker, but if the end of the Gonzaga fight is any indication, he couldn't grapple his way out of a paper bag. Not to mention he's undersized for an HW and, despite his "NFL Pedigree" (if you count spending a few months on a practice squad as such), he doesn't appear to have the athleticism to go toe to toe with the Carwin's and Lesnar's of the world, let alone monsters like JDS or Velasquez. Losing to Nogueria would actually be a good thing for him at this point, because there's no way this dude is ready to jump into the deep end of the pool right now.
Morningwood- August 22, 2011 at 7:35 am
agree with everything "your dumb" said. Definitely overrated in his own mind. Not sure if the UFC believes in him until they give him a true challenge.
Your Dumb- August 22, 2011 at 7:17 am
Guy seems to give himself a huge boner for picking low hanging fruit.

On TUF, he starts salivating at taking on Kimbo Slice as soon as he saw him walk onto the set.

He goes after a broken down Cro Cop, yet seems to ignore the tremendous decline in Cro Cop's career.

Now he is thinking he is going to be badass for taking on a broken down Nog, who has been out of action forever... once again ignoring how it's not much of an accomplishment to KO Nog at this point of his career.

This guy seems to want to take the easiest path to the top. Unfortunately for him, there won't be many easy ways out for him. I'd like to see how badass he would be against fighters who have plenty of fight inside them.