Brendan Schaub vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira official for UFC: RioPosted on May 16, 2011, 02:09 PM by Joey Santosus
Rising Heavyweight prospect Brendan "The Hybrid" Schaub will get his requested shot at PRIDE veteran Antontio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 134: Rio.
UFC officials confirmed the match-up on Monday.
Its a bout that Schaub (8-1) has lobbied for since knocking out Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic at UFC 128 in March. The TUF 10 finalist will look to continue building on his current four-fight win streak, which includes previous victories over Gabriel Gonzaga, Chris Tuchscherer, and Chase Gormley. A member of Denver's Grudge Training Center, Schaub's only career loss came via first-round stoppage against Roy Nelson in The Ultimate Fighter 10 finale.
Nogueira (32-6-1) will return to action for the first time since being defeated by now-Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez in February of 2010. Since opening his UFC stint with consecutive wins over Tim Sylvia and Heath Herring, the former PRIDE champ has dropped two of his last three outings, including a TKO loss to Frank Mir, who he was scheduled to face in a rematch at UFC 119 before being forced to withdraw due to nagging injuries.
UFC 134: Rio is set to take place August 27th from the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The landmark card will be headlined by a Middleweight title clash between division Champion Anderson "The Spider" Silva and challenger Yushin "Thunder" Okami and will mark the promotion's first trip back to Brazil since 1998.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira before his fight with Heath Herring during UFC 73 at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, CA on July 7, 2007. Photo credit: Francis Specker