Lavar Johnson vs. Brendan Schaub, take two.
The hard-hitting heavyweight sluggers are set to do battle (again) at the UFC 157: "Rousey vs. Carmouche" pay-per-view (PPV) fight card, which was recently made official for the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on Feb. 23, 2013, according to a report from MMA Junkie.
Johnson was benched after pulling his groin while training for Schaub at UFC on FOX 5 and with no time to find someone to fill his "Big" shoes, "The Hybrid" was also yanked from the "Emerald City" fight card.
Recently featured on the historic all-heavyweight UFC 146 pay-per-view (PPV) main card, Johnson (17-6) was hoping to notch the biggest victory of his career over Stefan Struve. Unfortunately, the 6'11" "Skyscraper" had other plans, locking in a fight-ending armbar submission little more than one minute into the opening frame.
The loss was Johnson's first-ever inside the Octagon and snapped a two-fight win streak, one that he's likely eager to begin anew when he collides with the former "Ultimate Fighter" season 10 runner-up.
Schaub (8-3) was among the division's brightest young prospects before running face-first into the fists of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 134 in Aug. 2011. Things didn't get much better when that same face met the different fists of Ben Rothwell, who handed the Denver denizen his second first-round knockout in as many fights at UFC 145 earlier this year.
That's one streak that needs to end sooner rather than later. And one that could earn him a pink slip from the promotion -- and the reputation as owning a glass jaw before the age of 30 -- if it continues.
UFC 157 will make history as the promotion's first -ever female champion, bantamweight badass Ronda Rousey, puts her 135-pound title on the line against ex-Strikeforce contender Liz Carmouche. Lyoto Machida and Dan Henderson are also rumored to be squaring off in light heavyweight action.
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