Ultimate Fighter Season 10 finalist Brendan Schaub is poised to face an icon of the industry in the Octagon for the second straight time after having previously separated Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic from consciousness in March at UFC 128 and has been scheduled to fight Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in the Brazilian’s proverbial backyard when the organization journeys to Rio de Janeiro in August.
News of the heavyweight match-up was revealed through the UFC’s website.
The confirmation of his bout with Nogueira likely came as a relief to the 8-1 Schaub who had openly lobbied for an opportunity to face the grizzled submission specialist since beating Filipovic. When the two fighters lock horns at UFC Rio, “The Hybrid” will be seeking his fifth consecutive win including the knockout of Filipovic and success against former title-contender Gabriel Gonzaga. Seven of his eight overall wins have been the result of a strike-based finish.
Were Schaub’s physical abilities not enough of a challenge Nogueira has been sidelined since February 2010 meaning he will be shaking off eighteen months’ of ring-rust when the cage door closes on August 27. However, with thirty-nine total fights under his belt there is little doubt “Minotauro” will be prepared and has a wealth of experience to use to his advantage. Among Nogueira’s many memorable performances are victories over Filipovic, Randy Couture, Tim Sylvia, Josh Barnett, Dan Henderson, and Fabricio Werdum.
Nogueira is the latest fighter from Brazil to receive a rare opportunity to compete in front of his countrymen and will be joined on the card by fellow local products like UFC 185-pound champ Anderson Silva and recent light heavyweight belt-holder Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
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