Brendan Schaub and Lavar Johnson Verbally Agree to UFC 157 Bout

Craig AmosFeatured ColumnistDecember 11, 2012

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Hard-hitting heavyweights Brendan Schaub and Lavar Johnson have agreed to a February showdown in Anaheim, Calif.

The contest is a rescheduling of a purposed UFC on FOX 5 matchup that had to be scrapped when Johnson injured his groin in training and was forced to withdraw from the action.

The new home of Schaub vs. Johnson will be UFC 157, which has the distinction of hosting the promotion's first ever WMMA match—that between Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche.

According to Sherdog, the card will also feature bouts between Lyoto Machida and Dan Henderson, Urijah Faber and Ivan Menjivar and Neil Magny and Jon Manley.

Both Schaub and Johnson will enter their impending tussle with the intention of getting back on track. Johnson is coming off of a submission defeat to Stefan Struve at UFC 146, a result that brought an end to his two-fight win streak. 

Schaub is coming off of back-to-back first-round knockout losses and will have to tread lightly in the Octagon with the uber-powerful Johnson if he hopes to break that trend.

Both fighters are renowned for their considerable punching power so the bout's addition to UFC 157 is likely to give the event some flare. And more than likely, a knockout.

Eight of Schaub's nine career victories have come via TKO, while 15 of Johnson's 17 have come the same way. And between the two of them, just three of 10 combined UFC fights have gone longer than a single round.

News of the bout between Schaub and Johnson heading to UFC 157 was first reported by MMA Junkie.