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Struve Subbed for Mir Versus Schaub, Further Fuelling Speculation That Frank and Brock Are Next Season’s TUF Coaches

(Winner gets Hammer’s gold pants.)

It looks like the rumors that Frank Mir will coach opposite Brock Lesnar on next season of The Ultimate Fighter gained some momentum today with news that the planned bout between Mir and heavyweight prospect Brendan Schaub has been scrapped.

According to Sportsnet’s Joe Ferraro, sources indicated today that Schaub will likely face fellow Alchemist Management repped fighter Stefan Struve on the UFC’s third "Live on Versus" card on March 3 which will feature a main event welterweight tilt between Martin Kampmann and Diego Sanchez. The change in opponents without any mention by Mir of an injury coupled with his re-tweet of the message below, proclaiming the two former UFC heavyweight champions as opposing coaches does little to disprove the assumption.

A former professional football player who spent the majority of his gridiron career in the American Football League, Schaub (7-1), whose only loss came against Roy Nelson will be riding a three-fight winning streak into his fight with "The Skyscraper". In his last bout, the 27-year-old Aurora, Colorado native defeated Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 121 October 23.

2-1 in his last three outings, 22-year-old Struve (21-4) was also beaten last by Nelson before rebounding with back-to-back finish wins over Christian Morecraft (KO) at UFC 117 in August and Sean McCorkle (TKO) at UFC 124 earlier this month. The seasoned Dutch fighter who has more fights than most fighters in the UFC, began fighting at age 17, beating more experienced fighters five to 10 years older than him at the time.

Although a location has yet to be announced by the Zuffa, UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann will likely take place March 3 in Louisville, Kentucky and will also feature Mark Munoz, C.B. Dollaway, Alessio Sakara, Maiquel Falcão, Brian Bowles,  Damacio PageTakeya Mizugaki, Francisco Rivera, Rousimar Palhares and Alexandre Ferreira.


UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann
March 3, 2011
Louisville, Kentucky

Diego Sanchez vs. Martin Kampmann
Brendan Schaub vs. Stefan Struve
Mark Muñoz vs. C.B. Dollaway
Alessio Sakara vs. Maiquel Falcão
Brian Bowles vs. Damacio Page
Rousimar Palhares vs. Alexandre Ferreira
Takeya Mizugaki vs. Francisco Rivera

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LET IT RAIN- December 27, 2010 at 7:56 pm
haha, great use of My Cousin Vinny quote.
dcmsm- December 27, 2010 at 7:55 pm
sigh... the circus portion of the UFC HW division is about to begin again
CaptnJonesy- December 27, 2010 at 4:23 pm
Although I enjoy watching Lesnar fighting, I'm far from a fanboy. When Velasquez dominated him I was happy for him instead of feeling bad for Lesnar. It's a shame Valesquez doesn't get the credit he deserves due to the fact he beat Lesnar so convincingly. I know Carwin did somewhat of the same thing and it adds to it, but who DOESN'T have Carwin AND Velasquez in their top 5 UFC heavyweights? You're out of your mother loving mind if you think someone like....Struve for instance, can sprawl out of trouble when that athletic freak Lesnar decides to shoot for the takedown. To defeat him you have to be elite at a certain level whether it's striking, submissions, or wrestling.

Yeah, you have to preform at an elite level against a guy who has 7 fights under his belt. That is saying something. Carwin and Velasquez did what they did against him because they're damn good at it, not because Lesnar is a pushover. He'll have to switch up his trainers and learn from those last two fights if he's going to become champ again and go on a run, and if he out
clarkkentpunch- December 27, 2010 at 4:13 pm
A guy who needs tons of coaching is going to coach? That said, plenty of folks are shoveling dirt on ol Brock's grave let's see how he does with some mid-level guys before he's sent back to the land of fake tans and leotards.
twoleftfeet- December 27, 2010 at 3:31 pm
M wood, are you serious ? I don't know what your top ten is but he's already beaten at least two. Gatekeeper ? Com on man. Now I agree if you don't want to see mir vs lesnar 3 or don't think he should be a coach,but everything you said is completly over the top.
AndyInflammatory- December 27, 2010 at 3:27 pm
the Struve/Schaub fight is WAY more relevant to what is happening in the HW division than a three-peat of Mir and Lesnar.

Lesnar was 'exposed' by both Carwin and Cain, and Mir has been squashed by Lesnar and Carwin.

I guess the TUF rivalry might be worth a chuckle though.
Shifty-Eyed Dog- December 27, 2010 at 3:22 pm
WHy is everyone proclaiming Brock "done"??? He lost ONE fight. ONE. And beyond that, he's beat everyone else he fought except for Frank Mir, who he went back and annihilated in the rematch.
rearnakedchickenchoke- December 27, 2010 at 3:19 pm
I totally understand cashing in on Brock's fame to use him as a coach even though he will likely be the worst coach ever, but I agree with @newdeal - I have no desire to see Mir/Lesnar EVER AGAIN. Done that.
Morningwood- December 27, 2010 at 3:00 pm
Brock needs to go back to the WWE. He's lost any confidence he gained on his way up and now looks like a clown on his way down. He's a gate keeper at best in the UFC now. He can beat the cans but can't beat any of the top 10 HW's in the UFC. If you can punch you can beat Lesnar
Travis.Logan- December 27, 2010 at 2:53 pm
Waxedpants- December 27, 2010 at 2:45 pm
Actually more interested in seeing struve vs. schaub than struve vs mir
Priceless85- December 27, 2010 at 2:38 pm
Everything else is VIRTUALLY... IDENTICAL!
newdeal- December 27, 2010 at 2:36 pm
I will blow my brains out if I have to watch Lesnar vs Mir again. I think its pretty fair to say Lesnar is done if the only person he can beat is Frank Mir
Yazloz18- December 27, 2010 at 2:34 pm
@ Levi
The UFC is going to announce that scientists have cloned UFC fighters in an effort to build a huge army in an attempt by DW to take over not only the world of MMA but also MMA media. Schaub is just the first of many clones to fight to the death in order to determine the superior clone. They will all come with cybernetic upgrades of course, being half man, half robot. Hence the nickname, the hybrid
Levi Jones- December 27, 2010 at 2:31 pm
Schaub subbed for Mir vs. Schaub? Will he be battling his personal demons or something?
Fried Taco- December 27, 2010 at 1:53 pm
I hope Brock is a coach, I can't wait to see him teach the hammer fist!!!