Going 2-0 since coming in as runner-up in the 10th season of the “Ultimate Fighter”, Schaub had stated that he wanted to get a big fight for his next bout in the Octagon so the UFC answered back with former heavyweight title contender Gabriel Gonzaga.
Schaub proved he was up for the task by showing off his lightning quick stand-up, tagging Gonzaga with a lead jab and a flurry of combinations throughout the three round fight. In the closing moments of round one, Schaub clipped Gonzaga with a good punch that dropped the Brazilian on his butt, but time ran out before he could rally to do any more damage.
The quick in and out style of Schaub simply kept Gonzaga guessing, and the multi-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champion only attempted one takedown the entire fight, and just could not get in rhythm. Schaub admitted after the fight that the plan worked to perfection.
“I think that was the key to success for me, that was our game plan to kind of mix it up and get him frustrated, and pick him apart,” Schaub said.
Gonzaga’s cardio backfired on him a bit as the fight moved on as he was seen with his mouth open for much of the final two rounds. Schaub never waivered and continued his work in the feet, simply throwing and landing more punches than Gonzaga could deal with.
“Gabe’s one of the top heavyweights in the world, so it’s a big step up for me,” Schaub commented after the win. “I was just glad to get out with a victory.”
The victory moves Schaub to 3-0 since his time on the reality show as he inches closer to contender status in a very tough heavyweight division. Previously ranked as a top five heavyweight, Gonzaga has gone just 1-3 in his last four fights as he searches for answers to get back to relevancy in the weight class.