UFC 134 Preview: Is Big Nog Walking into an Ambush vs. Brendan Schaub?

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UFC 134 Preview: Is Big Nog Walking into an Ambush vs. Brendan Schaub?

At UFC 134 Rio, Mixed Martial Arts legend Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira will be competing for the first time since his loss to Cain Velasquez in February 2010.

And he may be getting used as a stepping stone for rising prospect Brendan Schaub.

Nogueira is undoubtedly one of the best, most successful fighters of the last decade. His list of accolades include having won the Pride Heavyweight belt (twice), as well as becoming the interim UFC Heavyweight Champion.

Despite being one of the most accomplished heavyweights in the history of the sport, it seems that time is finally catching up with Big Nog. During the defense of his interim UFC Heavyweight Championship back in late 2008, he was finished by Frank Mir. This marked the first time he had ever been stopped in his career.

He rebounded with a convincing win over fellow legend Randy Couture, but was once again finished by the now current champion Cain Velasquez.

At age 35 and with 40 professional fights to his name, we might have already seen the best years of Nogueira’s career.

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