LAS VEGAS - JULY 03: (R-L) Brendan Schaub connects with a right to the face of Chris Tuchscherer that knocks out Tuchscherer in the first round during the UFC heavyweight bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 3 2010 in Las Vegas Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
UFC heavyweight Brendan Schaub will be returning to the octagon at UFC 145 for the first time since he was knocked out by Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira last August. He meets Ben Rothwell, who is also coming off a loss (he dropped a unanimous decision to Mark Hunt at UFC 135). In a UFC.com pre-fight interview, Schaub talks about his opponent and sounds pretty confident about his chances in the bout. Here's the video and transcription (via MMA Mania):
"These guys know when they fight me, it's going to be one hell of a fight. I expect the best Ben Rothwell. And I know it's cliche to say and everyone says, 'Oh, that's something fighters say all the time,' but when I say it, it's obviously true. The previous guys he's fought, when they rocked Ben, they don't have the cardio, they rock Ben, they use it as a way to recover themselves. I'm not like that. It's going to be 15 minutes of me in his face. I can do it all. You want to strike? Let's do that. It's going to be a short night, though. I think if you have to list a top three toughest guys in the heavyweight division, he's right up there. Everyone's tough in the UFC but he's a different caliber of tough. But just being tough isn't going to get you the belt. I guarantee people walk away from this fight talking about my performance rather than the main event or anyone else on the card."