The last time fans saw UFC heavyweight Brendan Schaub inside the Octagon was last August when “The Hybrid” hooked up with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 134. While things looked good for Schaub in the early moments of the fight they took a drastic turn midway through the opening round with Nogueira landing a knockout blow to pick up the victory.
This weekend Schaub will look to numb the sting of defeat at UFC 145 when he faces Ben Rothwell, a 31-8 finisher who is coming off a loss and has also been out of action for more than six months. The 29-year old Schaub spoke some about the match-up after today’s open workouts where he said the time off has given him a chance to sure up some holes in his game.
“It’s just about doing my thing. I could care less what he’s doing or what he’s upset about. I’m just gonna go in there and have fun. It’s gonna be a good night,” said Schaub. “It’ll be eight months by the time I step back in there so that’s a long time for me but I used it to get better. And eight months for me is a long time to get better, so I’m excited to get in there and show my hard work.”
Fans can catch Schaub-Rothwell on the PPV portion of Saturday night’s card. Chances are the judges’ scorecards won’t come into play, essentially guaranteeing an action-packed outing, as Schaub has finished seven of the eight opponents he’s beaten while Rothwell has 28 stoppages in his 31 total victories.
Check out video of Schaub-Rothwell discussing their bout below:
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