Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira took a huge risk in hurrying his comeback from injury in order to appear in front of his home fans in Brazil, but it was a gamble that paid of handsomely.
In the early stages of the round it was Brendan Schaub who was getting the better of the action on the feet, picking his shots well and landing heavily on several occasions, though Nogueira utilized good head movement to steer clear of more trouble.
Schaub’s clearly confident in his stand-up and he’s willing to trade in the pocket with the legend, but it costs him as Nogueira slams home a one-two that stuns Schaub, leaving him rooted to the spot momentarily while Nogueira continues to wade in with more strikes.
One blow lands hard and Schaub topples forward, landing face first on the canvas, followed up with one more strike for good measure.
Nogueira reels away to celebrate a huge KO victory as the fans go absolutely wild, throwing drinks into the Octagon in their frenzied celebrations.
It’s great to see a legend like Nogueira get such a meaningful win in what is remarkably his first ever fight on home soil.
Tough loss for Schaub though who had looked good in the early stages but he’ll surely be concerned that the two losses in his young career have both come by brutal KO.