Brendan Schaub to Fabricio Werdum: ‘Let’s Do This!’

October 25, 2011
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Brendan Schaub and Fabricio Werdum

Brendan Schaub and Fabricio Werdum

Don’t think Brendan Schaub is a fighter who backs away from challenges.

The Ultimate Fighter runner-up wasn’t shy about accepting fights with men like Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Gabriel Gonzaga, or Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, so he’s definitely not going to turn down a fight with current Strikeforce heavyweight Fabricio Werdum.

Recently, Schaub mentioned fighting Werdum in an interview when talking about Strikeforce’s heavyweight roster.

“So I was out in L.A. just doing an interview for THQ and we were talking about the Strikeforce guys. I haven’t seen the interview yet, but as I remember it, they were just like ‘who’s next for you? Who do you want to fight?’ and I was like there are so many tough guys out there, any of the Strikeforce guys would be great, a great fight for me would be me and Werdum,” Schaub told MMAWeekly Radio on Tuesday.

Well, apparently, mentioning Werdum’s name got back to the Brazilian pretty quick because he responded via his Twitter account on Monday stating “Brendan Schaub, I’m ready for you. Anytime, anywhere.”

“It’s nothing disrespectful in any way. I think Werdum is No. 5 in the world in some rankings, an absolute nightmare, and man he got word of that and I woke up this morning to about 10 missed calls and 20 text messages and my Twitter is just blowing up with Werdum saying he’s ready for me anytime,” Schaub commented.

Regardless of Schaub’s intentions when mentioning Werdum’s name, something he says he did only out of respect because he’s a top fighter, if the Brazilian takes in the wrong way, so be it.

“I’m like Marty McFly from ‘Back to the Future,'” Schaub said with a laugh. “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.”

Beyond the words exchanged recently, Schaub and Werdum actually had a bit of an awkward run-in while training at the same gym in Southern California. Schaub headed down to work with the team at the Reign Training Center, but asked owner and head coach Mark Munoz to try and avoid putting them in any drills together because they could eventually be opponents.

While the two fighters didn’t cross paths much in the gym, Schaub does admit that it got a little weird at moments.

“He was down there. It was awkward man, not going to lie,” said Schaub. “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.”

Even when referencing the original interview, Schaub doesn’t regret saying Werdum’s name as a potential opponent. While some will see it as the Colorado fighter “calling out” an opponent, he simply looks at it as a tremendous opportunity to fight a top ten caliber opponent.

“If Fabricio Werdum’s saying he wants to fight me, obviously I’m doing something right. This guy fought Fedor (Emelianenko), he fought Alistair Overeem, so for me it’s definitely a huge honor and it’s just all about respect,” Schaub commented.

“If you look back on your career and you fought guys like Cro Cop, Nogueira, 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. All they’re asking about is Gonzaga, Cro Cop, or Nogueira.”

That said, Schaub’s message to Fabricio Werdum is very much to the point.

“Let’s do this. Tell me where to sign,” Schaub said addressing Werdum directly. “I’m always ready. You never have to get ready if you’re always ready. A big card would be that Super Bowl card early February, something to think about.

“Tell me where to sign.”

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  • adice89

    Shaub is gonna try his hardest to keep it standing thinking he will clip Werdum but will have have too much trouble once werdum gets him down (which he will) I see an armbar victory coming for Werdum.

  • Mario

    Werdum via (easy) Submission.

    That is all.

  • cracker.cheese

    Ima eat me some Cracker’s & cheese while Schaub taps out first round.

  • sb

    A triangle has three sides.

  • GSPp4pbest

    Werdum is good but Scaub is better he will keep it standing and get the KO just like JDS did but I bet everyone forgot about that

    • wonggfan

      Lol at this UFC fanboy! GSP p4p best. <—LOL!

      Schaub is no JDS. Werdum still has enough tools in his box to beat Schaub.

      I thought Schaub would stfu after getting pwned by Nog, who he thought would be an easy opponent. <–LOL!

      The current Werdum can beat the current Nog. So good luck to Schaub!

      • akrambasha

        schaub was not pwned by nogeria he was winning till he got clipped and thats his biggest problem his chin we saw it against big country and big nog. he got the better of them then got caught with one bigshot and flored.

        • wonggfan

          It depends on how you define getting pwned.

          Schaub thought forsure he was gonna beat old Nog. Everyone thought that too. The only reason Schaub asked for the fight was because he wanted big name (but easy) fights. Example, Cro Cop, Randy..etc.

          But it back fired.

          Schaub was winning the fight and Nog looked punched drunk as usual.

          I just think it’s funny that Schaub’s picking on older fighters back fired on him.

      • MrAdidas

        wonggfan <=== LOL – I didnt know Schaub fought Nogueira twice, b/c the 1st fight Schaub was winning that fight easily, until he got KTFO! Punchers chance won Nogueira that fight, b/c if he doesnt, Nogueira loses that fight.

        wonggfan <=== BAHAHAHAHAHA
        wonggfan <=== Silva nut hugger – B/C Silva sure as hell isnt #1 P4P, especially not after Sonnen embaressed him… for 23 mins. Wehn was the last time GSP was ever in trouble, let alone hurt?!? GSP has been so dominant he won 32 straight rounds, though it should be 34 b/c Shields DID NOT win any round, even when GSP had 1 eye!

        wonggfan <=== dOuChE sAc

      • sirreadsalot10


        I find some of your comments insightful and respect your opinion, but I have noticed you using the term “UFC fanboy” in a derogatory manner on more than one occasion. Personally I love MMA at the highest level and that means the UFC. In short, I am a fan. I also think Dana White and the Fertitas are responsible for saving MMA when it was gasping its last breaths. Plus, Dana is an ice cold bad ass business man that says it like he sees it, and I respect that. If that makes me a fanboy then so be it.

        • wonggfan

          I mean no respect to viewers and fan of the UFC.

          You can be a fan of the UFC without being a “blind” fanboy.

          By UFC fanboy I mean those guys that (a)never watched Pride, (b) doesn’t know who Gegard Mousasi and King Mo are, (c) have never heard of Josh Barnett (a former UFC champ!!) until very recently, (d) do not know that Tim Sylvia was the longest reigning UFC HW champ, and (e) believe that every fighter in the UFC is better than every fighter else where (e.g., Cheick Kongo is better than Josh Barnett).

        • wonggfan

          “Plus, Dana is an ice cold bad ass business man that says it like he sees it, and I respect that.”

          That is exactly how Dana wants you to think. He is selling his WWE character to people like you.

          Fertitas let Dana do whatever he wants because Dana is doing a good job making them money.

          MMA=UFC=The Dana White & Fighters Show

  • tmaisons

    And Werdum takes advantage of a small window to get back into the UFC sooner rather then later. Nicely done lol. Dana might as well make it happen now cause people will be talking about it and crying if it doesn’t. Also how many people are they planning on having on the Feb card? Everyone and their mother is trying to fight on it.

  • adice89

    @GSPp4pbest .. You cant possibly think Brendan Shaub has the technique of punching that JDS does do you? On a scale from 1-10 Shaub’s punching is a 5 tops. Werdum is just better in all areas than Shaub. Its a wrap when werdum gets him down.

    • wonggfan

      GSPp4pbest is a UFC noob. What do you expect from a guy with such a blatant fanboy moniker?

      • GSPp4pbest

        What Im a noob because I don’t believe that the Spider is the “King”. I am a huge fan of the UFC, have been for a few years now and that doesn’t mean I just watch the new fights I watch old and new alike. I reasearch fight cards and make predictions based on what I know, so your comments are ignorant and you seem to be a fanboy yourself picking apart what I know. I am not comparing Schuab to JDS by no means, but there is a reason Werdum isn’t in the UFC he has only beat one good person since he left that is Antiono Silva, who as we all saw wasn’t as good as we thought, and for those fixing to Jump and scream he beat Fedor yes but so did Hendo and Silva, so don’t get mad because Fedor is a fading legend who, if he looses to Monson, should hang it up and save what is left of his legacy. Oh, before you yell Overeem too he just lost to him, and once Lesnar dismantles him the Overeem fans will finally stfu because he just ducks fights πŸ™‚ and if he doesn’t then why did he get “hurt” then want to go do K1 instead of fight in Strikeforce have fun with that Dick

        • wonggfan

          “but there is a reason Werdum isn’t in the UFC”

          OMFG!! THis is what I mean by a UFC/TUF noob. WOW!!! So by your logic, there is a reason (a performance based one) why Josh Barnett is not in the UFC but Tim Hague is….wow…nice logic.

          UFC roster is all about the need. At Werdum’s pay level, $200k, the UFC has no reason to go after him. They could go buy 3 younguns with that money, beef them up (via TUF to noobs like you), and recycle them.

        • wonggfan

          You are a retard GSPp4pbest.

          “Werdum is good but Scaub is better he will keep it standing and get the KO just like JDS did”

          “I am not comparing Schuab to JDS by no means”


          You are also a horrible writer.

          • GSPp4pbest

            Actually when I said I am not comparing the two I meant by Scuabs striking, and the whole list of things you listed I already knew so that screwed your plans. So go take your ignorant comments elsewhere and get a life you are on here trying to make yourself look cool and trying to be a know-it-all, and quite frankly I don’t have to be a good writer to make a point. So please try to get a girlfriend and move out of your parents house πŸ™‚ and about the whole Kongo comment I know Barnett is better but he tested positve for roids that is why he is not in the UFC and I do think these great Strikeforce guys everyone thinks are so good will be silenced once they start moving over 1st will be Diaz, 2nd will be Cung, 3rd will be Overeem, and Finally as far as I know will be Milendez and yes thats rite Milendez will get owned by Frankie πŸ™‚