Some may laugh, but Brendan Schaub remains dead-set on securing a shot at the UFC heavyweight title. He can take another step in the right direction this evening when he faces Andrei Arlovski at UFC 174.
Schaub, a former runner-up on The Ultimate Fighter, is on a two-fight win streak. His only three losses have come to Ben Rothwell, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Roy Nelson in the TUF finals.
“I would retire right now if Dana White said, ‘Yo, Schaub, you’re never getting a title shot,” said the fighter, in a recent interview with MMAjunkie.com. “Of if I was one of those journeymen that won one, lost two, won one, lost two.
“That just wouldn’t be me. This sport is way too hard and takes too much time and energy. I expect big things out of myself.”
Schaub (10-3) also doesn’t know what to fully expect when he steps inside the Octagon with a returning former UFC heavyweight champion. Arlovski (21-10) has won two straight since a decision loss to Anthony Johnson last year.
“I think that’s why I’m so nervous for this fight,” he said. “I’m the first to admit that. I’m scared before I fight. Before this one, I’m nervous because I don’t know what to expect.
“Is it going to be the guy who was beating up Fedor Emelianenko before he made a mistake, or is it going to be the guy who had four straight losses at one point? It’s just the fear of the unknown. He trains at one of the best camps in the world (Jackson’s gym), so I just don’t know what to expect. That’s as honest as I can be.”
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