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Brendan Schaub Went from Wanting Title Shot to Knocked into Next Week

Prior to his fight at UFC Rio Saturday night, Brendan Schaub was talking about earning a shot at the heavyweight title. “I think after beating Nogueira, if things go as planned, I will have a pretty good argument to be the next in line for a title shot,” Schaub said to Bloody Elbow’s Matthew Roth. He told SI the same thing, explaining that winning five in a row meant he should receive a chance to win the belt.

I thought it was all absurd.

Schaub is less than two years removed from being knocked out by Big Country Nelson, and what has he really done since then? He knocked out a slob in Chris Tuchscherer who is not a UFC-quality fighter, he decisioned Gabriel Gonzaga, and he beat an old Cro Cop. It was a nice four-fight winning streak, but nothing overly impressive. And then facing his most difficult opponent — Minotauro Nogeuira — he got knocked into next week.

I know that Schaub packs some power and has scored a lot of knockouts by throwing punches, but the reality is he’s not a very good boxer. Powerful, yes, but against a good boxer like Big Nog he got abused. His punches didn’t land nearly as much as the commentators indicated and he left himself wide open and got caught.

The point is as a fighter, or athlete in general, you can’t get ahead of yourself. You always have to take care of business at hand before talking about the future. Otherwise you end up looking foolish like Daniel Sedin, Neftali Feliz, and Brandon Marshall. And to think, Dana White talked to Big Nog about retiring prior to Saturday’s fight. Funny how things turn out.

Minotauro Nogueira Would Not Want to Roll Around on the Mat with a Gay Fighter

There are not any active male athletes in major sports that are openly gay. Some athletes have come out after their playing days were over, but none have come out while they were playing. If the sort of anti-gay sentiment that comes from Minotauro Nogueira is persistent among MMA fighters, we’re unlikely to see one come out anytime too soon.

Speaking with Esporte UOL for an interview, Nogueira said he would not be comfortable training with a gay fighter. Here is the translation from Bloody Elbow:

“I have no prejudice against the gays, but I wouldn’t train with someone who’s gay. I have no malice, I don’t take our physical contact as (something) sexual. But what if the gay person has that malice of having physical contact with me, of staying there grappling? I would have no problems having a gay student in my academy, but I would rather not train with him.”

Yup, this is the same “I wouldn’t be comfortable being in the same shower as a gay man” argument, only to a different extent. What’s Nogueira worried about, that he’ll be felt up by a gay fighter? Come on, man.

Between notable athletes like Michael Irvin and Steve Nash supporting gay athletes, I thought we had got past this point. Looks like there is still a ways to go with ridding people of their feelings. I’ve got one word for you, Minotauro: professionalism. If you lend it to someone first, you can expect it in return.

Video: Randy Couture vs. Minotauro Nogueira Fight at UFC 102

Randy Couture and Minotauro Nogueira went the full three rounds at UFC 102 in Portland and the decision was unanimous in favor of Nogueira. Despite chants from the crowd in favor of Couture, Nogueira came out ahead. He put together a sweet knockdown in the third round and proceeded to play volleyball with Couture’s head. It was quite the classic. Here are the first two rounds of the fight:

Even at 46-years-old, Couture still showed he has plenty left in the tank. They really put on a good show at the Rose Garden and proved once again how worthwhile some of these PPV buys are.