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Brendan Schaub: “I needed to win, so I used my brain.”

Brendan Schaub v Lavar Johnson - UFC 157Heavyweight Brendan Schaub has made a name for himself in the UFC as a heavy-handed striker. However, his reputation also comes with the unenviable tag of a questionable jaw. Regardless, Schaub still promised a finish in his UFC 157 fight with fellow slugger Lavar Johnson.

When the smoke cleared, Schaub did emerge with his hand raised but not in the fashion many expected. Rather than go toe-to-toe with Johnson, “The Hybrid” went the grappling route instead and repeatedly took Johnson down. The performance was not aesthetically pleasing, but, as Schaub admitted shortly after the fight, he wasn’t as interested in entertaining fans as he was with securing another appearance in the Octagon.

“I had to win tonight. The last two fights I lost, I fought with my guts rather than my brains. But tonight I needed to win, so I used my brain,” admitted Schaub. “I know people were expecting a slugfest, but I’ve been working hard on my BJJ and thought I could sub him. At one point, he was talking to me on the ground saying, ‘Come on, dog, let’s stand and give the fans a show,’ and I said, ‘Sorry, bro, I gotta win this fight.’ And he said, ‘I hear ya.'”

The 9-3 Schaub ended a two-fight skid with his victory over Johnson. The decision win was only the second of his career.