Schaub, who suffered a knockout loss to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in August at UFC 134, made mention of Werdum during an interview and word quickly got back to the Strikeforce heavyweight. Werdum’s response was an all-go for the fight.
Nothing has been made official, but it would seem likely that Werdum joins the UFC in the immediate future. He last fought in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, falling to Alistair Overeem.
Schaub said his phone and social media sites starting exploding after word by Werdum reached his fans, adding in a recent interview with MMAWeekly Radio, “I’m like Marty McFly from Back to the Future. Don’t call me a chicken, tell me where to sign. I don’t back down. I would definitely take that fight if it was offered.”
“The Hybrid” almost crossed paths with Werdum during a training session. Schaub was working with Mark Munoz and his team at Reign Training Center at the same time as Werdum. After asking to not have any drills with Werdum, Schaub still had an awkward run-in.
“He was down there,” Schaub said. “He’s a great guy, he’s nice about it, (but) there’s definitely a little bit of tension. He did come in while I was there. He was on one side of the room, I was on the other. You’ll even see a team picture with me and him in it. A little awkward.”
Schaub has already met legends such as Nogueira and Mirko “CroCop” Filipovic, so the thoughts of tackling someone with the reputation of Werdum is intriguing to The Ultimate Fighter finalist.
“If you look back on your career and you fought guys like ‘CroCop’, Nogueira, (Gabriel) Gonzaga, and Werdum, that’s what people remember. No one remembers my first two fights in the UFC where I just smoked these guys who aren’t there anymore,” Schaub said. “All they’re asking about is Gonzaga, ‘Cro Cop’, or Nogueira.”
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MMATraining Take: Schaub would be lucky to get Werdum after falling to Nogueira in his last fight. For Schaub, this would be a chance to prove the KO loss to Nogueira was just a fluke punch, while also returning himself to talk in the heavyweight division. For Werdum, this is an excellent match up, as Schaub doesn’t have the kind of knowledge or experience to fend of the skills of Werdum.