Brendan Schaub | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Brendan Schaub will be fighting in March, but it won’t be against Frank Mir.
Despite early reports that the “Ultimate Fighter 10” finalist would meet the former heavyweight champion in his next bout, it now appears that Schaub will face Dutch prospect Stefan Struve. Sherdog.com has confirmed that both Schaub and Struve have verbally agreed to the match-up, which was first reported on Monday by Sportsnet.ca.
Although the Sportsnet.ca report placed Schaub-Struve on the UFC’s Versus-televised March 3 show, sources inform Sherdog.com that an event has not yet been decided upon. Other cards which could potentially host the bout include UFC 128 on March 19 and UFC Fight Night 24 on March 26.
Schaub has gone 3-0 inside the Octagon since losing to Roy Nelson at the “TUF 10” finale. Following respective 47- and 67-second knockouts of Chase Gormley and Chris Tuchscherer, “The Hybrid” took a step up in competition against former title contender Gabriel Gonzaga. In a bout which saw Schaub leave the opening round for the first time in his career, the 27-year-old soundly defeated Gonzaga via unanimous decision at October’s UFC 121.
Struve has himself won back-to-back fights since being defeated by Nelson in March. After a dramatic, come-from-behind knockout of Christian Morecraft at UFC 117, the 6-foot-11 “Skyscraper” dispatched of Sean McCorkle via technical knockout earlier this month in the co-main event of UFC 124. Only 22 years old and already with 25 professional bouts to his name, Struve also holds UFC wins over Paul Buentello, Denis Stojnic and Gormley.