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Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira scheduled for comeback bout against Brendan Schaub

Ultimate Fighter Season 10 finalist Brendan Schaub is poised to face an icon of the industry in the Octagon for the second straight time after having previously separated Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic from consciousness in March at UFC 128 and has been scheduled to fight Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in the Brazilian’s proverbial backyard when the organization journeys to Rio de Janeiro in August.

News of the heavyweight match-up was revealed through the UFC’s website.

The confirmation of his bout with Nogueira likely came as a relief to the 8-1 Schaub who had openly lobbied for an opportunity to face the grizzled submission specialist since beating Filipovic. When the two fighters lock horns at UFC Rio, “The Hybrid” will be seeking his fifth consecutive win including the knockout of Filipovic and success against former title-contender Gabriel Gonzaga. Seven of his eight overall wins have been the result of a strike-based finish.

Were Schaub’s physical abilities not enough of a challenge Nogueira has been sidelined since February 2010 meaning he will be shaking off eighteen months’ of ring-rust when the cage door closes on August 27. However, with thirty-nine total fights under his belt there is little doubt “Minotauro” will be prepared and has a wealth of experience to use to his advantage. Among Nogueira’s many memorable performances are victories over Filipovic, Randy Couture, Tim Sylvia, Josh Barnett, Dan Henderson, and Fabricio Werdum.

Nogueira is the latest fighter from Brazil to receive a rare opportunity to compete in front of his countrymen and will be joined on the card by fellow local products like UFC 185-pound champ Anderson Silva and recent light heavyweight belt-holder Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.

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7 COMMENTS
  • Creature says:

    Great fight.. this will be one to remember for sure.. nogs boxing is really solid and even tho his chin isnt as great as it once was its still better than cro cops, not to mention his extremely legendary ground game will text shaub just to see if he really is ready for the top of the HW division

  • fanoftna33 says:

    I see this as a really bad fight for big nog. He is coming off a long injury related layoff, fighting a younger stronger faster fighter who right now is very sharp. Nogueira is a legend for sure but unless he is able to drag Brendan to the ground it may be a short night for him.

  • HevyHitters says:

    I like big nog, always have…but don’t like his chances in this one, against a young, motivated (probably fresher fighter come fight night) hate to say it but nogs coming towards the end, def a legend for sure! Shaub still has some work to do to tighten up his skills, I don’t think he’s quite ready for the top, but hell if he beats nog give him mir/ or loser of carwin/jds to see where he really is

  • HevyHitters says:

    Or forgot to say, a rematch with big country

  • stone says:

    Schuab seems to be on a roll but, let’s not forget Cro-Cop was pretty much whoopin his ass before gettin caught in his less than great chin… Schuab’s face was a mess, broken nose and all… I got Nog winning this fight, I don’t think Nog would fight until he’s really ready and his sparring sessions against his 1st class team members are bound to brush off his ring rust… Nog is definently a few steps behind the “2006 Nog” but not behind the Hybrid just yet. <—IMO

  • mu_shin says:

    Like the idea of the experienced veteran against the up and comer. I think that Nogueira has some ground to make up in terms of recovering from injury and significant time out of the ring, but he has shown to be durable and tough throughout his career, and fighting in front of the home crowd, should give Schaub a good contest.

    While Nog has powerful hands, against a younger faster opponent who is touted as a striking specialist, this could set up as a classic striker/grappler match, and I don’t think it would hurt Nogueria’s chances to go at it from that perspective. We know Brendan can bring some heavy leather, but can he deal with fighting off the bottom against a master like Rodrigo, or surmount the challenge if he gets locked up in Nogueira’s guard? I like Nog’s chances if he can avoid a slugfest and fight a more technical ground fight, but with good athleticism, fast hands, and increased confidence from recent victories, Schaub will be a tough matchup for the Brazilian.

  • Rece Rock says:

    Nog and Cro Cop would have been a more competitive match up… irrelevant but competitive. I’m not in any way shap or form saying Schaub will run through Nog ( cause he def. isn’t going to) I’m saying Nog is rusty and worn these days and Brendan is youthful and on the come up… it’s going to be a good fight but I still would have rather seen Cro Cop and Nog battle for one last glimpse of glory.

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