Ultimate Fighter season 10 finalist Brendan Schaub marked himself out as one to watch in the UFC’s heavyweight division after claiming his biggest victory yet over Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 121.
Schaub is now three fights unbeaten in the octagon and the 27 year-old is eying another big name opponent for his next fight.
“I’d love to match up with Frank Mir,” he said at the post-fight press conference. “He’s one of the stars in the division. I think I’d give him some problems.”
He may have a point. his quick, crisp boxing skills could give Mir problems on the feet, while his solid takedown defense would make life difficult for the former champion who’s sub-par wrestling has always left him struggling to get fights to the mat where his high-level BJJ can come into play.
The fight is a possibility, but with the way other results went last night my money is on the UFC now setting up a third encounter between Brock Lesnar and Mir instead, so Schaub may have to bid his time.
Instead I’d point to his fellow TUF 10 fighter Matt Mitrione, who’s also currently enjoying a three fight unbeaten run as a potential opponent for him, with the winner opening the door to the upper-reaches of the heavyweight division.
For now though Schaub is just happy to enjoy the moment.
“It’s definitely the best feeling I’ve had in the UFC so far,” he admitted.