Does the story of Big Nog sound vaguely familiar? A former champion at the top of his division losing fight after fight with excuses of injuries and surgeries. I shouldn't say excuses, those are completely legitimate reasons and would just decimate you when you're in such a vicious sport.
But I am here to rain on the parade. Brendan Schaub is basically just like Ryan Bader, two guys who got pushed a lot harder than they would have been had they not had TUF tenure, they were both hot prospects on the rise.
Then an old fart whose had more surgeries than they had professional fights came and said listen you sloppy overconfident punk, your fancy moves may work on fools like Keith Jardine or Chris Tuschchchchererer but not in my octagon, not today Starfox.
Big Nog isn't back. Stop celebrating. There are a couple things worse than coming into a fight off a long layoff, and that is coming in being overly confident.
These guys both thought "here's the legend I'm gonna kill to put me on the map" and just gave their far more experienced opponents the opening they needed to put them away.
It was awesome seeing Big Nog win, I thought I couldn't celebrate more when Tito Ortiz won. But again every hair on my body stood up, as Schaub slumped to the canvas I was electrified, I couldn't believe what I was seeing. The crowd in Rio was at it's loudest at that moment and rightfully so.
But he's never going to be the guy who fought in those wars against Fedor. Let's not be ridiculous, he had an amazing career and this resurgence was something truly awesome as a fan, but this should be his last fight.