Brendan Schaub at UFC 128

Brendan Schaub at UFC 128

If you’ve followed MMA for more than five years, you’re probably familiar with Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic for more than just the time he’s spent inside the Octagon.  You likely remember his run through the 2006 Pride Open Weight Grand Prix. Or perhaps you recall his fight with Fedor Emelianenko for the Pride heavyweight title – a bout that, at the time, was arguably the biggest in MMA history.

If you don’t remember any of that, it’s okay.  Just know that Cro Cop was a menace in the ring and the most feared striker the sport had seen up to that point in time.

Over the last five years, the sport has evolved tremendously.  With that evolution, younger and more well-rounded fighters have entered the game and completely changed the landscape of competition.

Enter Brendan Schaub.

The UFC heavyweight is a young, up-and-coming fighter with a world of potential heading into his UFC 128 match-up against the legend that is Cro Cop.  Schaub recalls the Cro Cop from years before and admits to being a fan of his, much like Pat Barry did prior to his fight against the Croatian at UFC 115: Liddell vs. Franklin.

The media’s biggest criticism of Barry in that fight was seemingly letting the aura of Cro Cop consume him.  Being a fan of his apparently got in the way of following through with the killer instinct.

You think the same thing is going to happen to Brendan Schaub?  According to him, being a Cro Cop fan just makes him want to lay out his UFC 128 opponent that much more.  Ironically, that’s how he says he’ll pay respect to a legend.

“The way I show my respect is by getting after these guys, giving them my best,” Schaub said on MMAWeekly Radio.  “I go in there to give these guys all I got.  Doing anything else I think is doing a disservice to them.  It’s almost disrespectful.

“As far as him being a legend, it makes me just want to get after him and knock him out that much more.”

Maybe the idea of beating a fighter he’s seen compete for years is a driving factor behind Schaub’s intention to knock him out. Perhaps topping someone who was once on top opens up a place at the top.

Still, Schaub admits to having an odd feeling in getting an opportunity to take on someone he views as legendary.  Ultimately, the fight is one he’ll remember for the rest of his life, guaranteeing a time when he’ll tell his children’s children of the night he fought Cro Cop.

“I’ve been a big fan of Mirko and it’s weird you get a chance to fight a legend like Mirko,” he said.  “This is one of those fights that, when I’m retired and looking back on my career, this is going to be one of those ones you hang your hat on.”

Schaub made it clear that finding a training partner to mirror Cro Cop is a bit of a task.  At six-foot-two and 225 pounds, Filipovic is a smaller heavyweight, but for what he lacks in size, he still packs power in that left side of his.  Although he hasn’t had a highlight reel head-kick finish since 2006, the possibility of absorbing a deep impact from a Cro Cop strike is still as strong as ever.

“He’s a small heavyweight, about 220, 225 and he’s fast, he’s a southpaw,” Schaub explained. “Those guys are hard to find as training partners.  His left kick is still very dangerous and that left hand comes with bad intentions.”

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Conor McGregor 'not in my plans for the next 10 months,' says UFC President Dana White

  • 26 days ago
  • 9 views

In spite of Conor McGregor’s recent clues that we might be seeing him sooner than originally expected, UFC president Dana White is still not counting on the lightweight champion for ten months.Filed read news >>

Max Holloway will 'defend the interim title 10 times' if champ Jose Aldo isn't available

  • 21 days ago
  • 36 views

UFC interim featherweight champion Max Holloway plans to stay busy if he can’t get a title-unifier with primary titleholder Jose Aldo.Filed under: News, Radio Highlight, UFC, Videos read news >>

Dana White Reiterates Conor McGregor is Not in His Immediate Plans (video) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 23 days ago
  • 53 views

UFC president Dana White stands by his belief that Conor McGregor won't be back in the Octagon until late in 2017. read news >>

UFC 207's Dong Hyun Kim wanted 'Fight of the Night' but will settle for narrow win

  • 22 days ago
  • 20 views

Dong Hyun Kim’s plans for a “Fight of the Night” at UFC 207 obviously fell a bit short.Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

UFC Fight Night 103's Joe Lauzon plans to retire when he no longer wants to train

  • 17 days ago
  • 11 views

There was a time UFC lightweight Joe Lauzon ducked out of his cubicle at his day job to do MMA interviews. Lying about the injuries he sustained in fights was another fun distraction. Everybody knows read news >>

Michael Bisping just threw a wrench in fellow UFC champ Tyron Woodley's plans

  • 17 days ago
  • 918 views

For the first time in his career, UFC welterweight champ Tyron Woodley is in high demand. All sorts of opponents are clamoring to fight him, and he’s determined to get the biggest matchup possible.Fi read news >>

UFC ditches plans for March 3 event in Las Vegas on eve of UFC 209

  • 14 days ago
  • 19 views

The UFC’s initial plan for a dual-event weekend in March has changed.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Despite feeling overdue for UFC shot, LFA 1's Leandro Higo plans to keep on truckin'

  • 12 days ago
  • 4 views

The way Leandro Higo is looking at his MMA career, he ought to be in the UFC right now. Filed under: AXS TV Fights, News, UFC read news >>

Next big ass to kick after UFC Fight Night 103? Cyril Asker first plans to kiss girlfriend

  • 7 days ago
  • 5 views

PHOENIX – French heavyweight Cyril Asker provided one of UFC Fight Night 103’s most endearing moments when he happily proclaimed, “I want to kick every big ass” after beating Dmitry Smoliakov. Filed read news >>

Joe Lauzon plans to harass UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby to not release Marcin Held

  • 8 days ago
  • 102 views

PHOENIX – UFC lightweight Joe Lauzon definitely wasn’t all smiles and celebration following a controversial decision over Marcin Held in the co-headliner of UFC Fight Night 103.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>