As a UFC fighter, Schaub has spent his time in the Octagon almost exclusively on his feet. The standup arena is his chosen realm of battle and sticking to it has garnered him four wins and two losses.
The results have been adequate, but the two losses he has suffered during his UFC tenure send up a red flag.
Can his chin hold up against good strikers in the heavyweight division?
As a striking-oriented fighter, taking one on the button every now and again comes with the territory. But this unavoidable occurrence can be quite troublesome for a fighter with a questionable chin.
Schaub's loss to Roy Nelson back in 2009 is excusable, as Nelson's right hand is a well-know finisher. But the short punches with which Antonion Rodrigo Nogueira finished him are concerning.
In 40 career fights, Schaub became just Nogueira's third knockout victim. This may indicate trouble lies ahead.
Luckily for Schaub, he will not have to answer the question about his chin this weekend.
Rothwell can hit fairly hard, but he is not regarded a big-time puncher. The immediate concern to Schaub should be whether or not he can stuff Rothwell's takedowns.
Speaking of which...