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Schaub gives a battle shout as he makes his way into the cage to an Eminem track, looking amped up. Ice T can be seen enjoying the action in the crowd. “Cro Cop” walks out looking as calm and measured as always to some sort of epic battlefield music.
Round 1: They touch gloves to start off. Schaub looking lighter on the feet, while “Cro Cop” stalks. Schaub is pressing forward and keeping Filipovic uncomfortable, landing some nice uppercuts on the inside. They clinch against the cage. The crowd voices its support for “Cro Cop.” Ref Herb Dean warns Schaub for striking “Cro Cop” to the back of the head. Schaub times a takedown perfectly as “Cro Cop” throws a right hand and gets Filipovic to the ground. “Cro Cop” lands a nice upkick from his back. Schaub is sitting in “Cro Cop’s” guard, trying to establish some ground and pound. Schaub strings together some big punches from guard. “Cro Cop” almost sweeps Schaub from his back but they get back to their feet instead. Schaub fights for the takedown and “Cro Cop” avoids. They’re fighting for position against the fence, with neither man holding a clear edge.
FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Schaub
Round 2: “Cro Cop” throws the left head kick but Schaub blocks it and takes him down. Schaub starts to establish some ground and pound and Dean warns “Cro Cop” for landing an upkick on Schaub while his knees were on the mat. They begin exchanging immediately on the restart, with both men landing well. Schaub landing some nice knees against the fence. Schaub is bleeding heavily from his nose. Dean separates them and takes a point from Schaub for a punch to the back of the head. “Cro Cop” goes for the head kick again and it is blocked again. Schaub pushes forward and they clinch against the cage again. They separate and Schaub lands a nice right: “Co Cop” scores with a shot or two of his own. “Cro Cop” with a very nice elbow at the bell.
FightLine.com scores the round 10-10
Round 3: “Cro Cop” lands low with a leg kick at the start of the round, temporarily halting the action. “Cro Cop” tries to press forward with strikes and gives Schaub some trouble before he takes “Cro Cop” to the mat. “Cro Cop” kicks Schaub off of him, but the younger fighter bulls him back down to the ground. Schaub passes into half guard. “Cro Cop” gets to his feet and Schaub presses him into the cage. “Cro Cop” lands an elbow as they break and then a nice straight left. “Cro Cop” with a thumping kick. “Cro Cop” stuffs a takedown. Schaub lands a right hand as Filipovic tries for a leg kick that drops “Cro Cop” to the ground in a pile. It’s over, the follow up strike just put a stamp on it.
Brendan Schaub defeated Mirko Filipovic via TKO (strikes) at 3:44 of Round 3.
Schaub tells “Cro Cop” that he’s the reason he started in MMA.