Nixed UFC on Fox 8 Fight Between Brendan Schaub and Matt Mitrione Rescheduled for UFC 165

July 20, 2013
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Brendan Schaub Mirko CroCop UFC 128A heavyweight bout between Brendan Schaub and Matt Mitrione has been rescheduled for UFC 165 on Sept. 21 in Toronto, according to a report from the Phoenix Star. UFC officials later confirmed the move.

The two were originally slated to meet at next week’s UFC on Fox 8 in Seattle, but Mitrione suffered an injury. Instead of finding a new opponent for Schaub, UFC officials opted to keep the bout intact and push it back a couple of months.

Schaub and Mitrione each made his way to the Octagon via The Ultimate Fighter 10: The Heavyweights, but both being members of Team Evans on the reality show, they never fought each other.

Mitrione (6-2) won his most recent bout, defeating Phil DeFries in just 19 seconds at UFC on Fuel TV 9. The victory ended a two-fight skid for the former NFL player. He has only ever fought under the UFC banner during his professional MMA career.

Mitrione quickly landed in hot water following the victory. He was handed a fine and suspension for breach of contract when he went on a rant about transgender fighter Fallon Fox during an online radio show.

He’ll square up with Schaub (9-3), also a former NFL player.

Like Mitrione, Schaub recently bounced back from back-to-back losses. He won a dominant three-round unanimous decision victory over Lavar Johnson at UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche on Feb. 23 in Anaheim, Calif.

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones puts his belt on the line against Alexander Gustafsson in the UFC 165 main event. Jones will be gunning for sole possession of the UFC records for most consecutive and most successful light heavyweight title defenses.

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  • I like Brendon and all but that fight against Johnson was horrible. The most cliche way to show you don’t want to strike with someone. I know he wanted to showcase his wrestling but he’s not a high level wrestler. He’s okay all around, I don’t think he’s a garbage fighter but he could have won that fight with his stand up. Him and Matt M. sounds like a good fight though and I’am looking forward to it, and not b/c they both played pro ball.

    • solo

      I like him too, and i think he was affraid of Johnsons ridiculous power. He entered that fight with 2 hard KO losses, so he wanted to play safely as he could IMO. And i was a bit suprised that he was able to take him down at will almost.

      • Lavar won’t be back in the UFC anytime soon. Getting taken down by Schaub with ease and failing the drug test for PED’s really hurts his image. Scary guy still and a good fight for someone.

  • Lucas Freire

    After his no-gi match at Metamoris, after his post-fight interview…God, I just can’t stand this guy.