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.