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Schaub ready to answer Mitrione at UFC 165

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James Lynch, TSN.ca
9/20/2013 9:26:15 PM
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One of the highlights from the UFC 165 weigh-ins on Friday was the pre-fight verbal sparring that ensued from heavyweights Brendan Schaub and Matt Mitrione.

It's no surprise, as leading up to this bout, the former NFL defensive tackle Mitrione went public and questioned the chin of the 30-year old.

Schaub suffered back to back knockout losses against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Ben Rothwell, but since rebounded with a win over Lavar Johnson at UFC 157.

Mitrione's claim is something that Schaub believes is just a part of competing in the division.

"It's the heavyweight division, look at Cain (Velasquez), ask Frank Mir," Schaub told TSN.ca. "Alistair Overeem is the highest paid guy in the business and he's been knocked out more than any of us -- if that's the only thing they can comment on, then I must be doing pretty well."

One of the improvements Schaub made for this training camp is the addition of new sparring partners, which he believes has elevated his game.

"I'm training with guys like Lyoto Machida, Alexander Gustafsson, Brandon Vera, Jake Shields. I mean, I'm in L.A and it's the Mecca of the fighters."

Another interesting tidbit the Ultimate Fighter Season 10 contestant revealed is his admiration for competing north of the border.

"I asked to be on the Toronto card, I've been here many times. There are no fans like a Canadian crowd."

"The fans here are so knowledgeable, they know their fighting which I can appreciate."

Now on Saturday, a pair of former teammates from season 10 of The Ultimate Fighter go to battle and Schaub knows how a win will situate him in a wide open heavyweight division.

"It's go time, Saturday night it's time to get a convincing win and start this title run." 

Brendan Schaub Matt Mitrione (Photo: Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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(Photo: Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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