Brendan Schaub: I will KO Minotauro Nogueira in Round 2 (Exclusive Interview)

Brendan Schaub currently holds a professional Mixed Martial Arts record of 8-1, with five consecutive victories inside the Octagon. “The Hybrid” was knocked out by Roy Nelson in TUF 10 finale, but bounced back with convincing performances against Chase Gormley and Chris Tuchscherer. Schaub moved up in the ladder, managing to add prestigious victories over Gabriel Gonzaga and Mirko Cro Cop to his record.

On August 27th, The Ultimate Fighter Season 10 finalist will look to solidify his place in the mix for a shot at the UFC Heavyweight title with a victory over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The fight will be a part of the UFC’s return to Brazil with a stacked UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami fight card, and will mark Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira‘s MMA debut in his homeland.

Speaking exclusively to LowKick.com, Brendan Schaub shared his thoughts about the fight with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, fighting in Brazil, and a shot at Cain Velasquez‘s UFC Heavyweight title.

You can follow Brendan Schaub on Twitter @BrendanSchaub.

You have a big fight coming up next weekend, against Mintauro Nogueira in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Is this the biggest fight of your career so far?
Yeah, without a doubt. I think it’s a toughest test for me, and you know, Nogueira is one of the best Heavyweights of all time. It’s a monumental fight of my career. He never fought in Brazil, so it would be a great thing to say after August 27th “Hey, I beat Nogueira in Brazil”.

You made your pro debut back in 2008. During that time, Nogueira had nearly 40 fights on his record, with some famous victories. Have you ever envisioned yourself fighting a legend three years later?
It’s funny to say, but yeah. You know, I work so hard, and that’s exactly why I find myself in that position today. I like to dream big, so when it does happen, I just feel like it’s a result of my hard work.

Can you tell about your training camp coming to this fight?
Mainly for this camp I’ve been at Greg Jackson’s in Albuquerque. My main training partners for this fight are Shane Carwin, Andrei Arlovski, Elliot Marshall, and a few other specialists over here.  That’s the core of my camp. I also go to Grudge Training Center in Denver, and to Florida to train with Rashad Evans at Imperial Athletics.

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira stated in one of his recent interviews that he will submit you. What can you say about such statement?
That’s part of the game. He’s confident in his Jiu-Jitsu and he should be.  He’s one of the best in the world with Jiu-Jitsu, so in my opinion, there’s no disrespect in anything he said. I’m very confident with my boxing, and he’s confident in his grappling. So we’ll see how it plays out and who’s tougher.

So is it safe to say that your main goal will be to win via KO?
Yeah, obviously my best chance to knock him out. But at the same time too, I consider myself a Mixed Martial Artist. All my achievements as a fighter are not because I’m a good KO guy, but because I know how to put it all together. So like I said, it’s going to be an MMA fight, and I’m ready for anything Nogueira will bring to the Octagon.

Do you think that this fight might go to distance, just like against Mirko Cro Cop and Gabriel Gonzaga?
In this type of fight anything can happen, but the UFC count on me to deliver exciting fights, and that’s exactly what’s going to happen in Brazil. I’ll do everything to finish him early.

Speaking about Cro Cop. In our interview prior to the fight with Mirko Cro Cop, you spoke about being two fights away from a title shot…
If I get a good “W” I think I’ll be next in line for a title shot. Look, going out there to Brazil and beat Nogueira in his homeland is something that Cain, Frank Mir or Fedor never did. So yeah, I think that beating Nogueira in Brazil makes a pretty good argument for a title shot, not speaking about the fact that it’s going to be my fifth consecutive victory.

Do you expect a rough welcoming from fans out there in Brazil?
I think Nogueira can find anywhere, and the fans would still boo you. Especially when fighting him in Brazil. He’s a famous athlete, but I think that at the end of the day fans just want to see an exciting show. So it doesn’t matter who’s the winner.

Would you rather fight Nogueira at your own hometown in Denver (UFC 135)?
They asked me if I want to fight him in Denver, but I wanted to fight him in Brazil. Like I said before, beating Nogueira in Brazil makes a much bigger argument for a title shot.

There are rumors about Alistair Overeem signing with the UFC. What do you think about him as a fighter, and perhaps as one of your future opponents?
You know, I think Overeem is a Top 5 Heavyweight in the World, right behind Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos. He’s been doing it for a while, so I think Alistair Overeem is a very good addition to the roster. But at the same time, there are so many great fighters in the UFC… he will have to work hard if he wants to stay on top.

What’s your prediction for August 27th?
I think Nogueira will have a tough time dealing with my speed. I’ll knock him out in Round 2.

Would you like to mention any sponsors?
Ecko, Bony Acai, and Six-Star Supplements.

Photos: MMAWeekly.com


26 Comments

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    Vidaros

    August 18, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    I so want Nog to send this guy back to where he came from…

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    Anwar

    August 18, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    I hope Nog RoyNelsons him

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    ck1

    August 18, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    anderson to win by tko- schaub to win by tko

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    Col23

    August 18, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Why? Schaub has been nothing but a class act as long as he’s been in the public eye. As far as his MMA skills go, he’s definitely becoming a complete fighter. I don’t understand why most people like to bash the guy. Nogueira is a legend and all that, but skill wise, Brendan is a big challenge for him. I respect both guys and hope It’ll be a war, with Brendan coming out as the winner. Just to be clear, this is my personal opinion.

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    griffin

    August 18, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    i really dont think it matters if you beat nog in japan US or Brazil, just cuz you beat someone in their hometown doesnt automatically make you a badass and deserving of a title shot. If schaub wins id like to seem him face MIr in for #1 contender

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    Bruce Lee

    August 18, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    @Col23 – Its just too brash about a guy (nog) who we all respect. As Nog declines and Schaub rises he may be right but few of us like to see such ****iness and so we hope Nog submits his arm off.

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    D

    August 18, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    I agree. He hasn’t done enough yet to merit a title shot, even with a win over Nog, I don’t care if it’s on the moon. I see the top 5 guys in the UFC as Cain, JDS, Lesnar, Carwin, and Mir in that order. So right now, I don’t even see him as the best guy in his own gym. Until he beats one of those guys, he doesn’t deserve a shot IMO.

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    nakedtriangle

    August 18, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    i just dont think brenden can beat big nog i see nog taking him to the ground and catching him in a very nice sub

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    nakedtriangle

    August 18, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    i just dont think brenden can beat big nog i see nog taking him to the ground and catching him in a very nice sub

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    MAMBA24ILL

    August 18, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Schaub’s going to “Cain” Big Nog.

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    Sebg

    August 18, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Love to see Big Nog fight again. Hopefully he can bring it, like in the Pride days.

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    Warheadchief

    August 18, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    The Noggenfogger has slowed considerably over the years. Schaub takes this by KO in round one.

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    GianGiacommo G

    August 18, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Still ****y Brendan huh? you’ll never learn,I hope you get put away like christmas lights you buffon!

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    DeadlyIntentions93

    August 18, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    Schaub keeps fighting legends that are on losing streaks… even if he KO’s Big Nog it means virtually nothing in terms of title contention… beating Kongo or Travis Browne would give this guy a step closer rather than Big Nog.

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    Fletcherx

    August 18, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    I’m not a fan of schaub, i appreciate him as a person and as a fighter. But i can’t say I think he’s going anywhere within the heavyweight division. He’s going to end up being a gate keeper eventually. Everyone know’s who he is but he never reaches top contention because he just doesn’t have the push.

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    Lonnie Batt

    August 18, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    beating Big Nog in Brazil… I believe that Antonio will bring Schaub back down to earth,, this fight will show the FOOTBALL player that he has alot more work to do to be in contension in the UFC H.W. Division

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    Lonnie Batt

    August 18, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    HE WILL,, BET ON IT

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    Ringo

    August 19, 2011 at 1:42 am

    Fighting on the moon would be difficult because there is no gravity there

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    eatandtrain

    August 19, 2011 at 2:44 am

    Your right schaub is a class act. People bash others because they have nothing better to do

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    eatandtrain

    August 19, 2011 at 2:45 am

    Don’t forget about mitrione after he beats congo he will be up there in the mix

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    Ryan Ventura

    August 19, 2011 at 2:57 am

    Strong words.

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    jdnextchamp

    August 19, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Indeed, can’t wait to see him do so, or, at least, try.

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    TheRealDeal

    August 19, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    I’m with those that feel that Schaub needs to be humbled a bit, and maybe Nog should take his arm as a souvenir for the people of Brazil to drag down the streets tied to the bumper of their cars.

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    ClosetCasey

    August 20, 2011 at 3:37 am

    Schaub seems like a cool guy. I just don’t like him because he looks like the dude down the street that’s always hitting on my sister.

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    Six

    August 20, 2011 at 10:20 am

    He needs to FINALLY fight somebody whose skills are actually “improving” rather than “decreasing”.

    Or …if he only wants to fight the older legends of the sport .. then give him Frank Mir. Mir would fold Schaub up into a little package that you could fit into your pocket.

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    Lonnie Batt

    August 23, 2011 at 1:28 am

    Nogeria is going to show Schaub just where he really is in the HW division.. I do not see Brendan ever fighting for a title in the UFC I truly do not know who is blowing the smoke up his rear end, but hey its good to be confident,,,we’ll see what kind of tune he is singing after Rio,,No way Nogeria loses in RIO especially to Schaub….

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