Since losing by knockout to Roy Nelson in his UFC debut at The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale, Brendan Schaub has gone on a four-fight winning streak, culminating in a March knockout of Pride FC veteran Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic.
This summer, Schaub will face another Pride legend in Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 134 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and he believes that a victory over “Minotauro” should promote him to the division’s number one contender spot.
“It’s the toughest test of my career,” Schaub recently told MMA:30 of his bout with Nogueira. “Nogueira’s as tough as they come. I think he’s the toughest heavyweight in the division. A win over him puts me right in the number one contender’s spot and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
“The Hybrid” explained that he is looking to garner the kind of experience that will prepare him for a title shot by meeting the revered Brazilian fighter on home soil.
“The reason I asked for this fight in Rio against ‘Big Nog’ is ’cause I think it’s the closest atmosphere you can get to a title shot atmosphere,” he said. “So, for me, I wanna get used to it. It’s a great test for me.”
Schaub and Nogueira meet at UFC 134 on August 27 at the HSBC Arena.