Brendan Schaub Says That He Didn't Plan to Go to the Ground Against Lavar Johnson
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 02.25.2013
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Brendan Schaub spoke with MMAjunkie about his win over Lavar Johnson at UFC 157. Check out the highlights:
On controlling Johnson to the ground: "The game plan wasn't to take him down and do the whole ground thing. Honestly, I didn't think he'd come rushing in as hard as he did. When people do that, I took advantage of what he gave me. It was easy to control him on the ground. But it was a good night. A lot of fans were disappointed because they literally thought I was going to stand there and trade shots, like 'Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots.' The last two fights, that's what I did – and that cost me dearly. That's just not being a cerebral fighter."
On the expectation that it would be a stand-up fight: "I think at the weigh-ins, Mike Goldberg announced both of us and said, 'Someone's getting knocked out.' I think that was the whole stigma around this fight. Everyone thought this fight's going to be over in 30 seconds. If that's the case, I wouldn't have trained at all. I would've shown up out of shape and thrown a big right hand and hoped for the best."
On Johnson not wanting the fight to be on the ground: "I kept taking him down and he was just cussing because he was getting taken down and controlled. In the second round, he was saying, 'Come on, dog. Let me up so we can stand and bang.' I said, 'Why don't you learn some wrestling and jiu-jitsu.'"
On his ranking: "I'm a Top 10 for sure, but I don't care about the rankings. 2013 is going to be a big year for me. I want to fight Cain Velasquez for the title, and I won't stop until I get there. I'm going to try to enjoy this for a couple days, and then I'll start thinking about what's next."