Brendan Schaub Believes a Win Over Nogueira Will Make Him Number One Contender

UFC heavyweight  Brendan Schaub spent a while campaigning for a fight with former Pride and UFC interim heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 134, and Nogueira accepted. While a win over Big Nog would certainly be huge for his career, Schaub might be a little bit off with what he thinks he'll get out of a win - namely, the number one contender's spot at heavyweight. In a video interview with MMA30.tv, he discusses the fight:

It's the toughest test of my career. Nogueira's as tough as they come, I think he's the toughest heavyweight in the division. A win over him puts me right in the number one contender's spot and I'm looking forward to the challenge.

I'm a huge Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira fan, but a guy that's been out for over a year and had three surgeries is the toughest man in the heavyweight division? And beating him puts him ahead of, say, Junior dos Santos? I know that it's just fight promotion and he's being respectful and all, but still.

He also addresses possibly fighting teammate Shane Carwin:

It happens. There's nothing we can do to control it. If it were to happen, it'd only be for a title shot situation, and it'd have to a be a fight that changed both our lives, so man, I'll deal with it when the time comes, but I'm concerned about Big Nog right now.

In addition to those tidbits, he discusses the Frank Mir vs. Roy Nelson fight from UFC 130, and potentially fighting Mir. You can catch the whole interview after the jump.

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