Brendan Schaub confirmed to face Mirko Cro Cop, not Frank Mir or Stefan Struve (updated)Posted on December 27, 2010, 02:40 PM by Daniel Cassidy
In a surprising turn of events, Brendan Schaub is now confirmed to fight Stefan Struve. Schaub was originally set to fight Former Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir, but now that fight has been completely scrapped, and the TUF 10 finalist will now meet "The Skyscraper" in a bout set for March 3rd.
Only a few weeks ago, Mir had been all set to face one of the UFC's most exciting prospects in Schaub, after fans had expressed disinterest in seeing Frank Mir and Brock Lesnar as opposing TUF coaches. But now the possible TUF 13 coaches are looking more likely to be the two Heavyweight rivals then ever, with Mir's removal from the match up. Dana White had previously hinted at his plans for a Mir-Lesnar season, but admitted he had been forced to reconsider, following some feedback from fans. Other names mentioned in the frame included Urijah Faber, Miguel Torres, Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva as well as others.
Brendan Schaub is currently 7-1, his only loss coming against veteran Roy Nelson at the TUF 10 finale. Since then, he won his following 3 fights, including going the distance for the first time in his career in a win over BJJ wizz Gabriel Gonzaga.
Stefan Struve was last seen in action against Sean McCorkle at UFC 124, following a lengthy trash talking campaign from McCorkle. Struve too suffered a 1st round KO loss to "Big Country", and holds a 5-2 record in the UFC. His only other loss for the promotion was in his debut against current title contender Junior Dos Santos. Struve is one of the most exciting prospects for the company, with an overall record of 21-4 at a remarkeable 22 years old.
The bout is expected to co-headline March 3rd's UFC on Versus, Sanchez vs Kampmann.
Despite the reports of a Struve - Schaub bout, sources are now reporting that the TUF 10 finalist will now face "The Croatian Sensation" Mirko Cro Cop instead. It is believed a verbal agreement has been reached between the two fighters, with contracts expected to be signed this coming week. Schaub recently spoke of his desire to face a step up in competition, with Cro Cop one of the names mentioned.
This bout will be Cro Cop's first since the now infamous bout against Mir that saw very little happen for the majority of the fight, until Mir delivered a perfect KO in the form of a knee to the head of Cro Cop. The bout is expected to Co-headline UFC 128
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Source: Fighters Only