Brendan Schaub will make Gabriel Gonzaga fold under pressure again, does not like Brock Lesnar’s camp

October 5, 2010 by Will in Featured, News, UFC, UFC with 2 Comments

Brendan Schaub has done everything in his power to fans forget his knockout loss to “Big Country” Roy Nelson at the Ultimate Fighter season 10 finale. Since the loss to Nelson, Schaub has knocked out wrestlers Chase Gormley and Chris Tuchscherer in back-to-back fights.

In his next bout, Schaub will face off against Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 121 on October 23, at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Gonzaga stands in Schaub’s way of being booked against the upper echelon of the UFC heavyweight division.

In a recent interview with Luke Thomas of 106.7 the Fan’s “MMA Nation”, Brendan Schaub spoke about the next opponent that stands in his way for getting to the top of the heavyweight division, former number one contender, Gabriel Gonzaga.

“[Gonzaga]folds, man. You make it a fight, the guy folds, and I was born with a fighter’s heart. There’s no quit in me. You’re gonna have to knock me out or choke me unconscious. I’m gonna make it a fight, man. I’m gonna get in his face and I’m just gonna go in there and scrap, man. I’m excited to show my abilities, ‘cause I don’t think it’s gonna be a quick one. I never do, and if it is, great, but I’m hoping to put on a show. With Gonzaga, like I said, I think if I bring my A-game and he brings his A-game, my A-game beats him every time, so that’s the plan.”

As for his future plans, Schaub hopes that current UFC heavyweight champion, Brock Lesnar remains undefeated so he and Grudge training camp teammate Shane Carwin can take his title and end his reign.

“You know, I hope Brock goes undefeated until Carwin or I get a shot at him. You know, since he beat Shane, you don’t wanna see him lose until one of us get a hold of him. However, I think Cain will beat him in either a late TKO in the third or fourth round, or he’s gonna beat him in a decision. He’s just gonna outpoint him.”

At UFC 116, Schaub knocked out Lesnar’s teammate Christian Tuchscherer, while Carwin lost to the champion in the main event. Schaub revealed that he does not like the fighters in Lesnar’s camp at Minnesota Mixed Martial Arts. Including former Ultimate Fighter season 10 teammate, John Madsen.

“You know what, the one thing I took away from that fight [Carwin vs Lesnar], ‘cause, you know, I can’t stand their camp and what they stand for, man. You know, with Tuchscherer, [Jon] Madsen, him, their whole camp – not a fan. And, you know, there’s a genuine hatred towards them, from me towards them before my fight and before Shane’s fight.”

Schaub is set to face off against Gabriel Gonzaga on the UFC 121 main card. A win for Schaub could put him within a few wins of a title shot, but he must survive the former number one contender’s onslaught of powerful striking and his solid ground game. Schaub is not talking out of his ass when he talks about how Gonzaga does fold under adversity, if you take a look at his most recent fights. Gonzaga always comes out strong and fades away after the other fighter comes back, but his early onslaught is dangerous.

Schaub must be prepared to deal with any adjustments that Gonzaga makes to remedy this recent flaw in his game, whether it is mental on Nepao’s or not. Schaub must bring the pressure throughout the three round fight early and often to ensure he can make Gonzaga uncomfortable.

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  1. Rider917Oct 5, 2010 at 8:10 amReply

    I remember when Schaub got folded in half by a Roy Nelson punch he really shouldnt throw stones, Gonzaga has been fighting way better comp then he has.

  2. PedalNinjaOct 5, 2010 at 8:57 amReply

    Agreed, imo I think he’s going to get schooled by a MUCH better, and MUCH more experienced fighter… I just don’t see this working out well for Brendan at all…

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