Schaub, Management ‘Lobbying Hard’ for Nogueira at UFC ‘Rio’


Brendan Schaub wants to fight "Minotauro" at UFC 134. | Photo: Isaac Hinds/Sherdog.com


If Brendan Schaub has his way, he’ll be fighting on hostile ground against one of Brazil’s biggest MMA icons this summer.

Not long after his March 19 knockout of Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Schaub began calling the name of another former Pride Fighting Championships star: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. With Nogueira’s recent announcement that he will compete at UFC 134 “Rio” in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 27, it seems Schaub’s wish could be granted in short order.

However, the 28-year-old prospect’s management recently told ESPN.com that nothing is set in stone.

“We are lobbying daily for the fight,” said Schaub’s manager, Lex McMahon. “As of now, we have not been offered the fight. We are optimistic that if [Nogueira] is healthy, Brendan has a good shot to be his opponent in Brazil.”

Filipovic has also expressed interest in a rematch with Nogueira in Rio, but McMahon said it “seems a stretch” that “Cro Cop” would get the assignment over the man who just beat him.

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