Schaub admits to boring, safe strategy to secure win and save job


That strategy usually isn't popular with the fans or the UFC brass, but it is dependable. At times, maybe it's even necessary. Just take a look at Brendan Schaub. He came into his fight with Lavar Johnson riding a two-fight losing streak. If he didn't consider himself one loss from the unemployment line, he probably should have. So is it any wonder that the increasingly knockout-prone Schaub approached his fight with the hard-hitting Johnson like it was a potential disaster to be survived? After three rounds of takedowns and cautious top control, he got his hand raised to a chorus of boos, but at least he stopped the losing skid. He might not have won many fans, but at least he still has a job.

This is the double-edged sword of the pressure to perform in the UFC. Exciting fights keep you employed, but if you're too eager to put on a show, you risk making yourself easy prey for an opponent who's willing to win at any costs. You could see it in Johnson, who ended up flinging leather at Schaub with increasing desperation, and in the process only making it easier for Schaub to plant him on his back and smother him in sweat. If your opponent is more willing than you are to bring on the boos in exchange for a safe victory, it puts him at a certain advantage.

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"I had to win tonight," Schaub said. "The last two fights I lost, I fought with my guts rather than my brains. But tonight I needed to win this, so I used my brain. I know people were expecting a slugfest, but I've been working hard on my BJJ and thought I could sub him. At one point, he was talking to me on the ground saying, 'Come on, dog, let's stand and give the fans a show,' and I said, 'Sorry, bro, I gotta win this fight.' And he said, 'I hear ya.'"

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LayzieTheSavage site profile image  

2/28/13 12:58 PM by LayzieTheSavage

I ain't mad at him...

FearTheClown site profile image  

2/28/13 12:53 PM by FearTheClown

Yeah just you.

The Last Emperor site profile image  

2/28/13 12:38 PM by The Last Emperor

A 30 second stand up rule needs to be implemented unless you are landing significant strikes or setting up/attempting a submission. The ref would keep track of this countdown similar to a basketball ref counting down the 10 second half court rule.Problem solved.

chew22 site profile image  

2/28/13 9:07 AM by chew22

"put on a show". maybe just me but this is leading in the direction of Vince McMahon and cage ladder matches.

PermitMeFisticuffsBrother site profile image  

2/28/13 6:43 AM by PermitMeFisticuffsBrother

wait? Cole Konrad isn't in MMA anymore?

FearTheClown site profile image  

2/26/13 12:27 PM by FearTheClown

If he's afraid of getting punched in the face then he shouldn't be in MMA, he should go get a job at the milk factory with Cole Konrad or something.

Paul_Blanka_Harris site profile image  

2/26/13 8:35 AM by Paul_Blanka_Harris

a heavy wheight with no  CHIN and medicocre wrestling is going have a BAD time in the UFC

garuda site profile image  

2/26/13 8:27 AM by garuda


FingerorMoon site profile image  

2/26/13 8:23 AM by FingerorMoon

Until they lose a few.

Jone2tone site profile image  

2/26/13 8:21 AM by Jone2tone

That's hilarious!