Quickly ascending UFC heavyweight prospect Brendan Schaub took one step further to establish himself as a legitimate heavyweight contender Saturday night by defeating former number one contender Gabriel “Napao” Gonzaga via unanimous decision on the main card of UFC 121.
Schaub dominated Gonzaga for the entirety of their three round fight, displaying sharp technique while out-striking and out-moving his more experienced opponent. Gonzaga, a top-notch grappler, puzzlingly did not attempt to get the fight to the ground much and the only time that he did, Schaub deftly avoided his attempt. Speaking at the UFC 121 post-fight presser, Schaub indicated that he would like to continue building on his current momentum by taking on former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir.
“The last couple of fights I’ve been so unsatisfied,” Schaub said. “This one, I definitely thought I was going to get the finish. It just didn’t happen, but it’s always good to know you can go three rounds. I’d love to match up with Frank Mir. He’s one of the stars in the division, and I think I would give him a lot of problems.”
Schaub, who is 7-1 in his pro career compared to Mir’s 14-5, has not lost since succumbing to an early knockout at the hands of Roy “Big Country” Nelson in the finals of The Ultimate Fighter season 10. He is currently on a three-fight winning streak having racked up victories over Chase Gormley, Chris Tuchscherer and Gonzaga. Mir is coming off of a dreadful knockout win over Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic and will likely be looking to rebound strong after such a poor performance.