At least, that's what he thinks.
That it came after a great deal of struggle doesn't appear to have any effect on the growing confidence of the Ultimate Fighter veteran, who says he's ready for the UFC to throw him to the wolves.
It may, in fact, be time to do just that, considering that Schaub, since Roy Nelson put his lights out in his Octagon debut, has ripped off four wins in a row, three of which were finished in impressive fashion.
And while a fight against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in Brazil seems to be what "The Hybrid" would like most, he's not shy about putting himself up against any of the top dogs in the promotion (via MMA 30):
"I can beat anyone in the heavyweight division. If they want to throw me into the fire and throw me in with the big dogs I'm ready for that. ... I'd definitely be interested in a fight against Nogueira ... Really any of (the top guys). I see me having an advantage in certain areas with any of those guys. I think Junior dos Santos and myself would be a great fight on the feet. With (Brock) Lesnar, I'm used to training with (Shane) Carwin every day so I'm used to a big body, so it's something I'm used to and been training with for years so that would be a good match-up for me. Frank Mir, I think he's a stud, a vet, so I think that would be a great fight."
Go high or go home, right? Or is this just clever posturing on Schaub's part, considering Lesnar, dos Santos and Mir are all booked right now?
Maybe but the Greg Jackson product also says he's more than willing to settle his "grudge" with Roy Nelson if he is to get past Mir on May 28 at UFC 130.
Essentially, if you're a top heavyweight in the UFC, hide yo' kids and hide yo' wife because Brendan Schaub is comin' to knock errbody out up in here.
But who should be first? Little help, Maniacs?