MMA Nation's Luke Thomas makes his predictions for the much anticipated UFC 134 heavyweight bout between Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Brendan Schaub. It marks the first time the legendary Nogueira has fought in front of a Brazilian crowd as the UFC returns to Rio de Janeiro.
The veteran Nogueira is coming off hip and knee surgery and has openly spoken of rushing out of his recovery to begin training in time to fight on this card. Schaub is coming off a brutal KO finish of Mirko Filipovic and is looking to put together a title run.
Nogueira trains with surging contender Junior dos Santos and if dos Santos takes the title from Cain Velasquez it will be interesting to see what his ambitions remain in the division. Schaub trains with Shane Carwin whom Dos Santos just dissected at UFC 131. Schaub would love to avenge his teammate and take the title in one fell swoop.