With Brendan Schaub riding back-to-back first-round knockout losses against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Ben Rothwell, you’d think the UFC would want to set him up with an opponent who was less likely to leave him staring up at the lights. Bro, not so much. The UFC has confirmed that Schaub will return to the cage on the star-packed UFC on FOX 5: Henderson vs. Diaz card (December 8th, Seattle) against heavyweight knockout artist Lavar Johnson.
Johnson most recently suffered his first loss in the UFC when he was quickly armbarred by Stefan Struve at UFC 146, but that loss followed a pair of stunning first-round knockout victories against Joey Beltran and Pat Barry. While Brendan Schaub may carry a slightly more varied arsenal than Johnson, Schaub’s main weakness (his chin) matches up terribly with Johnson’s main strength (his big-ass fists). And the Hybrid needs to find a solution to that problem, because a third straight KO loss could mean the end of the line for his UFC run.
In other UFC on FOX 5 news…
Following his knockout of DaMarques Johnson earlier this month — his first victory in over three years — Mike Swick has signed a new four-fight contract with the UFC, and will return on the 12/8 card against Matt Brown. Once on the verge of dismissal following three straight submission losses in 2010, Brown has clawed his way back to welterweight relevance, and is now on a three-fight winning streak, with victories over Chris Cope, Stephen Thompson, and Luis Ramos. In other words, it’s a pivotal moment in the career comebacks of both fighters, and only one can have a happy ending. So who ya got?