Brendan Schaub wants to step up in competition after UFC 116 Victory Josh Davis May 23, 2011 News In a recent interview with MMAjunkie.com, Brendan Schaub stated that even though he got a victory at UFC 116 by knocking out a very tough Chris Tuchsherer in the first round that he is not completely happy with his cage time. Shaub further stated that he believes he needs more cage time to improve as a fighter so he wants Dana White and Joe Silva to step up his level of competition. Shaub stated that he would like to fight Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic or Gilbert Yvel in his next fight. Now the haters have already stated that they do not believe that Schaub could compete with these guys and he should just keep his mouth shut and be happy with the win. Many of the amateur fight fans wrote Schaub off simply because he lost in the Ultimate Fighter Season 10 finale to Roy “Big Country” Nelson. While he did lose his UFC debut to Big Country, there is no shame in that. If you put a different physique on Roy Nelson many fight fans would be talking about how he is one of the best heavy weights in the world but because of his body style, people think that he is some kind of scrub. That is not the case. Roy has a black belt in BJJ and a solid ground game, combined with good striking skills, punching power, a tough chin, and a wealth of experience. So losing to Roy is nothing to be ashamed of. Now lets look at how Schaub rebounded from that loss. He could have went back home and licked his wounds and question whether or not he wanted to be a fighter but he didn’t. He came back home and got right back in the gym training harder then he ever had before. Schaub, who trains with some of the greats in the sport such as Nate Marquardt, Rashad Evans and Shane Carwin, started to work on what he felt were his weaknesses. Spliting his time between High Altitude MMA (Nate Marquardt’s) Gym and Grudge Training Center, Schaub is honing his skills and working on becoming one of the elites in the division and I think he made huge steps in that direction with his UFC 116 victory. With all of that being said, should Dana White and Joe Silva answer his request for a step up in competition? I believe that they should. I believe that with Schaub’s determination to be the best he can be (and for those who don’t know this was evidenced during his football playing days at Colorado University and then again while he was on the Buffalo Bills practice squad) and the world class talent he has surrounded himself with in his training partners I believe that the heavy weight division needs to watch out for the “Hybrid.” I am a firm believer that Schaub would tear through Gilbert Yvel and I also think that he could hang and bang with Cro Cop. Another fight that I think would help put Schaub on the map would be with Big Ben Rothwell. The heavy weight division in the UFC is the deepest it has ever been and I believe that after two more victories over top competition, fight fans all over the world will learn what Colorado fans already know: Brendan “The Hybrid” Schaub is for real and can compete with the best of the best that the sport has to offer.