Brendan Schaub: “Just being tough isn’t gonna get you to the belt.”

Ultimate Fighter finalist Brendan Schaub may be coming off a knockout loss to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira but apparently the 29-year old’s confidence wasn’t rocked in the process. Set to face Ben Rothwell next month at UFC 145, Schaub is entering the bout supremely self-assured based on what he feels is a superior approach to striking as well as a level of conditioning Rothwell hasn’t encountered in a long time minus a fight with Cain Velasquez he lost via TKO.

The 8-2 Schaub spoke about Rothwell in a recent interview with the UFC promoting the event where his conviction was clear.

“I’m gonna be a champion. That’s 100%,” said Schaub. “I can do it all. You want to strike? Let’s do that. It’s gonna be a short night though.”

Though Schaub credited Rothwell will resiliency, he also pointed out that opponents who have hurt “Big Ben” in the past haven’t possessed the cardio to put him away.

“It’s gonna be fifteen minutes of me in his face,” explained Schaub of the pace he plans to set, adding, “He’s definitely a different caliber of toughness but just being tough isn’t gonna get you to the belt.”

Though the April 21 card is headlined by a much-anticipated title-fight between Jon Jones and Rashad Evans, Schaub envisions a scenario where fans will only mention their match-up in passing before talk turns to the victory he expects to deliver come showtime.

“I guarantee you people walk away from this fight talking about my performance rather than the main event or anyone else on the card.”

Fans can catch Rothwell-Schaub on the UFC 145 PPV where other fights include Che Mills-Rory MacDonald and Mark Hominick-Eddie Yagin.

PHOTO CREDIT – UFC

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