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Brandon Schaub & Roy Nelson Talk about their TUF Finale Bout


The last episode of the Ultimate Fighter 10 forged a final match-up between Roy “Big Country” Nelson (13-4) and Brendan Schaub (4-0), with the winner getting that six figure contract, and the title of “The Ultimate Fighter”.

Brendan Schaub says that ‘Big Country’ has yet to face a guy on his skill level:

“I’ve been ready for this fight for about eight weeks now… I got off the show the first week of July and I took maybe three, four days off and started training. I’ve just been working my butt off getting ready for this fight.”

“I don’t think anyone can argue, I definitely had the tougher road to the finale. If not by far the toughest road, and not only did I have the toughest road, but I ended up finishing all my guys. I can’t say Roy had an easy road. He definitely had a tough road as well, but at the same time I just don’t think it compares to mine. It wasn’t like he was going out, smashing these guys, and doing all of these impressive performances… He lay and prayed on Kimbo, same thing with James (McSweeney), and then with Justin Wren, I think you could argue he actually lost that fight. Like I said, he didn’t have an easy road, but he didn’t finish it the way I did.”

“I think that’s my big advantage, Roy’s never fought a guy like me. That’s a big thing to make cause he’s fought guys like (Andrei) Arlovski, (Jeff) Monson, and those other guys, but at the same time he’s never faced a guy of my caliber. If it goes to the ground, I’m fine down there; I can finish the fight down there. Obviously, I have a huge advantage if we keep it on the feet, so I just go in there and I react.”


Roy Nelson the veteran that he is, saw the whole TUF experience as a way to market himself better. He also compares Brendan Schaub to Fedor, so uhh.. Maybe that’s the reason why Roy has “never fought a guy like him”:

“I was thinking it was a good business opportunity. Going The Ultimate Fighter route is equivalent to fighting about five times on pay-per-view on a regular UFC, so it’s just like advertising and marketing. People see your face three times then they actually know it. It’s one of those things where I just wanted to make sure millions of people would know exactly who I am.”

“Brendan’s a tough guy. He has great hands. He’s definitely an athlete, definitely the younger of the bucks. He doesn’t get rattled. He was kind of like Fedor where he might get in bad positions, but if you give him that little hole he’s going to capitalize on it, and make you pay. He did it with Jon Madsen, he even did it with Marcus Jones, and he even did it with Demico. So you see Brendan, he’ll take a bad position to scramble out and capitalize on your mistakes.”

“My goals, hopefully I achieve them, and while I was in the house I did exactly what I wanted, hurry up and get three wins and then hopefully this Saturday I’ll get my fourth and will become The Ultimate Fighter”


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