Two heavyweights have verbally agreed to go to war March 24 in Montreal, Canada as Ben Rothwell will take on Brendan ‘The Hybrid’ Schaub.
Schaub was on an impressive winning streak and looking to knock off another aging legend in Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira when the two met in Rio last summer. Unfortunately for Schaub, Nogueira wasn't about to become another rung on Schaub's ladder to a title shot, and the Brazilian brought his hometown crowd to its feet, knocking Schaub out in the first round. Rothwell, on the other hand, finds himself in even more desperate need of a win, after a truly underwhelming performance against Mark Hunt in Denver, which many blamed on the altitude, although Rothwell has never shown truly excellent conditioning. Nonetheless, Hunt dominated Rothwell in all aspects of the fight, and even threatened with submissions on the ground, despite being perceived as a one-dimensional striker, so Rothwell has a lot to prove against Schaub if he wants to remain a UFC fighter.
Brendan "The Hybrid" Schaub (8-2)
L Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (KO) - UFC 134
W Mirko Filipovic (KO) - UFC 128
W Gabriel Gonzaga (unam. decision) - UFC 121
Ben Rothwell (31-8)
L Mark Hunt (unam. decision) - UFC 135
W Gilbert Yvel (unam. decision) - UFC 115
L Cain Velasquez (TKO) - UFC 104