Brendan Schaub may be a huge fan of Andrei Arlovksi, but that doesn't mean "The Hybrid" is going to take it easy on him at UFC 174.
While he has nothing but the utmost respect for Arlvoski and hopes that he succeeds in his second go-round with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), he tells Rick J. Lee that it won't come at his expense when the two mix it up on June 14, 2014, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
"I've been a fan of his forever. It doesn't get much tougher, more skilled and more famous than that guy. I like the match up. Arlovksi is a household name, there is not too many heavyweights more famous than that guy. He's been on a big win streak lately. I think he's won like six of last seven outside the Octagon. It says a lot, but at the same time, if you're not fighting in the UFC, I don't care. He's done a lot to get back, he's training with Greg Jackson's team now and he's training with some of the best guys in the world. He has a lot to prove I think. This second run in his UFC career is going to be big for him, but it's not going to happen at my expense, that's for sure. I wish him all the best, but it ain't going to happen come June 14."
Arlovski inked a new UFC deal last week after winning six of his last seven fights on the regional circuit. The fight against Schaub will be the first time in six years that "The Pitbull" has competed inside the Octagon.
In fact, Arlovksi parted ways with the ZUFFA-owned promotion back in 2008 while he was riding a three-fight win streak which includes a win over current No. 1 heavyweight contender, Fabricio Werdum.
Schaub, meanwhile, looks to build on his two-fight winning streak after disposing of Lavar Johnson and Matt Mitrione in consecutive bouts. A win over an established name such as Arlovksi, according to Schaub, will put him right in the mix, regardless of what the official UFC rankings say.
Anyone agree with "The Hybrid?"