UFC 134: Brendan Schaub and 14 Fighters Who Are 1 to 2 Fights from a Title Shot

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UFC 134: Brendan Schaub and 14 Fighters Who Are 1 to 2 Fights from a Title Shot
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With the UFC's return to Brazil comes a main-event title defense by the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world, Anderson Silva.

However, prior to Silva's championship bout against Yushin Okami, a pair of important light heavyweight and heavyweight bouts will take place first.

Fast rising heavyweight Brendan Schaub will take on former Interim UFC Heavyweight Champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in a bout which could elevate Schaub from contender to the No. 1 contender for the UFC heavyweight title.

And Schaub isn't the only one who finds himself close to a title shot, as fellow main card fighters Forrest Griffin and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua will also duke it out, with the winner throwing himself right back in the title picture.

Elsewhere though, the pecking order for the title of each respective division is starting to work itself out, as even the ever growing, talent-ridden lightweight division experienced a major shakeup with former WEC Lightweight Champion Ben Henderson's defeat of then-No. 1 contender Jim Miller at UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle.

All over the UFC, from the bantamweight division to the heavyweights, fighters are finding themselves in position to work their way up the ladder and many of them are one to two fights away from a title shot.

So, while many have been quick to dismiss the level of competition for champions like Silva and Georges St-Pierre, it seems as though there are more than a couple challengers still waiting for their shot at the title and they aren't that far away either.

Here are 15 fighters who could find themselves one to two fights away from a title shot.

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