Browne and Schaub are scheduled to fight at UFC 181 on December 6th, and while the latter appeared on Joe Rogan’s podcast recently, he weighed in on his opponent’s decision. You see, Browne has elected to prepare for the bout with Ronda Rousey’s coach, Edmond Tarverdyan, in L.A, instead of in Albuquerque. Schaub has also spent some time at Rousey’s camp, and here is some of what he had to say about Browne’s move:
“Listen, I came to [Los Angeles] and switched things up. Obviously, I know Ronda very well and I know that camp pretty well. I’m not going to go into detail but I think it’s a great thing for me that he’s training there. I’ll put it like that. I think it’s a good thing for me.”
Well, not surprisingly, the comments didn’t sit well with “Hapa.” Browne attended a Q&A session this weekend at UFC FN 54 in Halifax, and evidently the contender was asked about Schaub’s statements. According to a report from MMA Fighting, here is what Browne had to say:
“Honestly, I don’t want to knock him out,” Browne said. “I want him to feel what it feels like to go three rounds with me. I’ll tell you right now. This guy, a lot of people don’t rub me the wrong way, but opinions are like a**holes and you need to keep them to yourself. That’s exactly what he needs to do.”
How about that? Now is Browne serious? Would he in fact put the brakes on if he has Schaub in serious trouble and could finish the fight? One wouldn’t think so.
Clearly there’s a beef growing here, but this is a pivotal fight for Browne, who is coming off a decision loss to Fabricio Werdum. The #3 ranked heavyweight likely isn’t going to mess around if he’s seconds away from securing a win. There’s way too much at stake and a loss to Schaub would be a considerable setback.
“Big Brown”, meanwhile, is coming off a tightly contested and controversial split decision loss to Andrei Arlovski. Considering Schaub isn’t ranked in the top 15, this is a huge opportunity for him to jump up the ranks. It should be an interesting scrap.
UFC 181 will be hosted by the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The card will also feature welterweight champ Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler and lightweight champ Anthony Pettis vs. Gilbert Melendez.