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UFC 157: Brendan Schaub Vs. Lavar Johnson

Brendan Schaub vs. Lavar Johnson

Our prelim main event fight is up next, as heavyweights Brendan Schaub (8-3) and Lavar Johnson (17-6) finally square off. They were originally set to meet in December, but an injury forced Johnson out. The referee will be Jason Herzog.

Round 1: Johnson throws a huge right, but misses and Schaub scores a takedown. “The Hybrid” quickly into side control, but is only able to stick in half-guard as Johnson traps a leg. Schaub grabs a guillotine as Johnson tries to get up. Johnson firing off with huge rights to the face while being choked in an arm-triangle. Schaub unable to secure the submission, as he had to get away from the rights being thrown by Johnson off his back. That was an interesting situation, as Schaub had a side choke locked in, but Johnson was unleashing with rights. Back to their feet and Johnson is quick to attack, throwing a pair of big knees and getting a takedown with a trip. Schaub sweeps himself into half-guard and out of harms way.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Schaub

Round 2: Schaub with a takedown and into half-guard, seeking another head-and-arm choke. Not much action, as Johnson is doing a good job of keeping Schaub from advancing, and the ref steps in to stand them back up. Johnson with a huge left, and Schaub goes for a takedown but is denied. Knee to the chin by Schaub, and he scores with a takedown. The Hybrid remains on top, but isn’t doing much damage and is constantly being told by the ref to keep working.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Schaub

Round 3: Big miss by Schaub, and Johnson hammers away but cannot avoid the takedown. Quickly, the crowd starts booing as the match goes to the ground. Johnson appears to be talking trash to Schaub, as the ref steps in and stands them up. Blood pouring from the face of Schaub, who quickly takes Johnson down. Schaub finally gets the mount position with just under three minutes to go. No damage done, and he goes back to half-guard. Johnson fighting off his back, but Schaub attempts a gator roll choke, and moves back to half guard. It wasn’t the most exciting of fights, but Schaub did what he had to do to survive.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Schaub

Brendan Schaub def. Lavar Johnson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)