Brendan Schaub knows he is getting the opportunity of the lifetime.
After competing and reaching the finals on The Ultimate Fighter, Schaub is set to meet former UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira this Saturday at UFC 134 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
“The Hybrid” isn’t going the Chael Sonnen route, though, and ripping the fans and people of Brazil. No, instead, Schaub is accepting everything that comes with fighting a legend in his home country.
“I’m definitely kind of going the ‘anti-Chael Sonnen’ route. I embrace Brazil and to me it’s always been a dream of mine to compete there and I’m definitely taking full advantage of this opportunity,” Schaub said. “I still expect to get booed, but I think the Brazilian culture and the people respect what I do and they’re just looking for a good fight come August 27 and that’s what they’re going to get. I’ve been nothing but respectful of Nogueira. I think that’s the only way to go. Especially when you’re dealing with these legends. This is my second big legend in a row so it’s something I’m getting used to.”
Schaub (8-1) is on a four-fight win streak, with the his last victory coming over Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic at UFC 128 in March. Schaub earned the win by knockout in the third round.
Since falling to Roy Nelson in the TUF finals, Schaub has earned the KO win over “Cro Cop,” two TKO victories over Chase Gormley and Chris Tuchscherer, and a decision triumph vs. former contender Gabriel Gonzaga.
UFC President Dana White has said that the winner of Schaub-Nogueira could become the next No. 1 contender to the heavyweight title, which is currently worn by Cain Velasquez. Velasquez makes his first title defense against Junior dos Santos in November.
UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami takes place this Saturday night, live on pay-per-view from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Check back with FightLine.com Saturday for complete fight coverage.