UFC heavyweight Brendan Schaub showed a ton of promise after losing his bid at becoming an Ultimate Fighter winner, stringing together a quartet of consecutive victories including success against Mirko Filipovic and Gabriel Gonzaga. However, he’s been knocked out in his last two tilts with neither bout exiting the first frame. As a result, the 29-year old is on a mission to correct his career’s momentum this weekend at UFC 157 when he faces hard-hitting striker Lavar Johnson.
Schaub spoke to MMAJunkie about his mindset entering the affair where his frustration was evident.
“For me, (winning) is more about having this monkey off my back after losing two in a row. It’s driving me insane. That’s the biggest thing. As far as financial and stuff like that, I’ve been blessed with great sponsors, and I’ve been smart with my money, and I have a good team supporting me. That’s not an issue for me,” stated Schaub. “The thing for me is knowing you’re only as good as your last fight, and my last fight was crap.”
The 8-3 Schaub hasn’t fought since April when Ben Rothwell blasted him 70 seconds into their scrap at UFC 145. Though Schaub knows the same outcome is possible on Saturday night considering Johnson’s reputation for rocking foes, “The Hybrid” won’t shy away from approaching his adversary aggressively, aiming to unleash his fury in the fight rather than end up face down on the canvas.
“The judges, they can go on their coffee break or do whatever they do on their off time. I guarantee you this one’s not going to a decision,” promised Schaub.
Seven of Schaub’s wins have come as the result of a strike-based stoppage. Comparably, fifteen of Johnson’s seventeen victories have also involved a TKO.
PHOTO CREDIT – UFC