In Cro Cop's last fight, he was knocked out in the third round by Frank Mir. Afterward, Cro Cop was criticized for his passive style in the bout. Many say he's lost a step. But Schaub said that was an oversimplification of a complex subject.
"That [judgment] is based off his last couple fights," he said. "We have to remember, there's two guys in the octagon. With the Frank Mir fight, you can come down to my gym in Denver any Tuesday, pay $19.95 for a more exciting session than his last fight. So it's Frank Mir's fault, too, not pushing the pace. Cro Cop is a counter fighter, so if people don't push the pace, it's going to be a boring fight. It's not just Cro Cop. I'm ready for him. I'm up for the challenge."
Schaub realizes the opportunities that would come from back-to-back wins over Cro Cop and his last opponent, Gabriel Gonzaga. A victory would give him four straight, and bump him ahead in the division. That's just what he plans on.
"This one's not going to a decision, I guarantee it," he said. "It's going to be a convincing knockout or submission. I can't predict when, but this fight's not going all three."
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