The UFC announced today that a long-rumored heavyweight match up between Brazilian MMA legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and rising up-and-comer Brendan Schaub has been booked for this summer’s UFC 134 fight card.
Schaub has expressed interest in the match up for some time, at least since defeating another Pride FC veteran in Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic in March. “The Hybrid” spoke with MMA:30 following that match up, which he won via knockout, indicating a desire to face “Big Nog” in the legend’s backyard.
“Whoever Dana and Joe Silva want me to fight I’ll do. If they need a guy crazy enough to go down to Brazil and fight ‘Big Nog’ down there, I’d be willing to do that if they want,” Schaub said.
Noguiera hasn’t appeared in action since February of 2010, when he lost via first round knockout to current heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez in the main event of UFC 110. Nogueira underwent surgery on both hips and his knee not too long after that bout and has been recovering ever since. Sporting a record of 32-6-1, “Big Nog” earned his status as one of the most respected competitors in the sport by taking on fellow legendary names like Dan Henderson, Fedor Emelianenko, Randy Couture, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, and Josh Barnett, displaying great durability and heart in all of his matches. The 34-year-old is 1-2 in his last three though, sandwiching a win over Randy Couture between losses to Frank Mir and Velasquez.
A former professional football player, 28-year-old Brendan Schaub has built up a four-fight winning streak since losing to Roy Nelson in the finals bout of season 10 of The Ultimate Fighter. Since then, he’s taken out Chase Gormley, Chris Tuchscherer, Gabriel Gonzaga and “Cro Cop.” Working out of Grudge Training Center in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, Schaub has compiled a pro record of 8-1, with seven wins coming by way of either KO or TKO and one by decision.
UFC 134 is to take place this August 27 at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and will feature a middleweight title fight between champ Anderson Silva and challenger Yushin Okami in the main event.