Brendan Schaub Targets UFC 154 Return, Wants Lavar Johnson

Kyle SymesCorrespondent IIIJuly 16, 2012

Brendan Schaub has a pretty good idea of when he'll be making a return to the Octagon, and knows who he wants to host his "Welcome Back" party.

According to MMAJunkie, Schaub is targeting a return at UFC 154 and thinks Lavar Johnson should be the guy facing him.

"When I talked to Joe Silva [on July 6], they said Nov. 17 is the plan," Schaub said. "Nov. 17 in Montreal is the plan. And if it was up to me, I'd love to fight Lavar Johnson. That'd be fun, right?"

Schaub was on a four-fight win streak prior to dropping two-straight losses to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Ben Rothwell. Schaub was viciously knocked out in both losses.

Johnson made quite an impression in his UFC debut by becoming the first man in the promotion to stop the durable Joey Beltran. The AKA-based fighter followed that impressive showing by dropping the fan-favorite Pat Barry. Both earned the fighter "Knockout of the Night" honors.

All that momentum came to a head when Johnson lost to Stefan Struve via submission in his third Octagon appearance.

Schaub would likely have an advantage on the ground as Johnson hasn't shown much proficiency in that area. The main cause of concern for Schaub will no doubt be the punching power of Johnson.

The vicious manner in which Johnson was able to take out both Barry and Beltran were downright scary, and Schaub has shown to have a questionable chin. Schaub is the overall better fighter, but Johnson is always one punch away from collecting another fight bonus.