Brendan Schaub vs. Lavar Johnson: Head-to-Toe Breakdown
Both men are knockout artists that rarely have a boring fight. Win or lose, the bout is usually definitive with a knockout or submission taking place.
Here is a head-to-toe breakdown of Johnson and Schaub's showdown.
Both Brendan Schaub and Lavar Johnson are skilled strikers with different types of styles.
Schaub is a boxing oriented striker. He rarely uses kicks, but his footwork and angles are very good.
His power is also apparent in his record. Seven of his eight career wins have come via knockout, including bouts against Mirko Cro Cop, Chris Tuchscherer and Chase Gormely.
Johnson is a Muay Thai kickboxing specialist. He possesses jaw-rattling punches, devastating knees and deadly kicks.
15 of his 17 career wins have come via knockout. This includes his two UFC wins over Joey Beltran and Pat Barry, both of which are also good strikers.
This category is close, but striking defense and chin will definitely play a role in this striking category. Therefore, Johnson earns the edge.
Neither Lavar Johnson nor Brendan Schaub have a rich amateur wrestling background. Also, neither really uses takedowns in their fights.
But when looking at this fight, one of the two men has the ability to get the fight to the canvas consistently.
That man is Brendan Schaub. Schaub is a former football player that saw some time with the Buffalo Bills. His skills in blocking and tackling have definitely made his offensive wrestling somewhat useful.
Johnson not only doesn't showcase takedowns, he probably doesn't have them in his arsenal. Therefore, the edge is obvious here.
Again, as with wrestling, neither man typically grapples or attempts submissions when they fight.
But, the difference between Johnson and Schaub is submission defense. Schaub has never lost by submission, despite never winning.
Johnson owns two submission wins, but has been submitted in five of his six losses. Of those losses he has been armbarred by Stefan Struve and Shane del Rosario, as well as keylocked by Shawn Jordan.
I was thinking of giving this category a push, but Schaub's offensive and defensive grappling is definitely better than the kickboxer Johnson's.
We mentioned it when discussing striking, but chin is the first intangible. Schaub has been branded as having a weak chin, after being knocked completely out by Roy Nelson, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Ben Rothwell.
Another intangible will be aggressiveness. Both men are fairly aggressive, but Johnson's ability to bully fighters into a corner and knock them silly will play a role in this fight.
Both men are extremely strong, physically. Therefore, strength will not play a role in this fight like it usually would in a Johnson fight.
I am a huge Brendan Schaub fan, but this fight does not give him many options to win.
Although I think if he gets Johnson to the ground, he has a fair shot, I don't think he will be able to get close enough to do it. That is because of Johnson's pure power.
There will be a couple of wild exchanges, but Johnson will find Schaub's chin. From there, "The Hyrbrid" will be sleeping and likely out of a job with the UFC.
Prediction: Johnson def. Schaub via knockout