UFC heavyweights Brendan Schaub and Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic have verbally agreed to meet at UFC 128 this Spring.
“Fighters Only” first reported the news earlier today after learning of the match up from a source close to the bout.
Schaub, who was originally supposed to face Frank Mir in his first bout of 2011, was then matched up with Stefan Struve after the match up with the former champion fell through. However, apparently the bout with Struve has also been scratched in favor of a bout featuring Schaub and former elite heavyweight Filipovic.
A member of “The Ultimate Fighter Season 10”, Schaub last competed at UFC 121, defeating Gabriel Gonzaga by unanimous decision. At 7-1 as a professional fighter, he holds knockout victories over the likes of Chris Tuchscherer and Chase Gormley, while his only loss came at the hands of Roy Nelson.
While Schaub seems to be a fast-rising heavyweight, Filipovic, sadly, seems to be on his way out. Once the most devastating striker in the entire sport, “Cro Cop” has struggled against top competition in recent years. While he defeated both Pat Barry and Anthony Perosh in 2010, he lost in devastating fashion to both Junior dos Santos, who pummeled him two and one-half rounds, and Mir, who knocked him unconscious with a knee in the third round of their UFC 119 contest.
UFC 128 is currently rumored for Newark, New Jersey’s Prudential Center on March 19 and will likely feature a main event between light heavyweight champion Mauricio Rua and former champion Rashad Evans. No fights have been officially announced by the promotion as of yet.
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