by Adam Martin
A heavyweight match that was scratched for next week’s UFC on FOX 8 card has been transplanted to an upcoming fight card in Canada.
According to Dave Diebert of The StarPhoenix, Matt Mitrione and Brendan Schaub will lock horns at UFC 165, which takes place Sept. 21 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
The fight had to be rescheduled for UFC 165 because Mitrione pulled out of UFC on FOX 8 with an injury.
Mitrione (6-2) recently snapped a two-fight losing streak with a KO win over Phil De Fries at UFC on FUEL TV 9. The 35-year-old, who is nicknamed “Meathead” for his general goofiness, is a heavy hitter and super athletic and he’s quickly taken to MMA after previously competing in football, scoring five knockouts already in mixed martial arts. Now that he’s healthy again, he desperately needs to start stringing some wins together to make a run up the ladder and it all starts with Schaub this fall.
Schaub (9-3) recently snapped his own two-fight losing skid with a decision win over Lavar Johnson at UFC 157. The 30-year-old, who is also a former NFL player just like Mitrione, was housemates with Mitrione on the tenth season of “The Ultimate Fighter” and he’s admitted he’s still friends with Mitrione to this day. But he’ll need to put that friendship aside and look to score a big win over Mitrione, a win that move help Schaub get to where he wants to be one day, that is, the top 10 of the world.
In a shallow UFC heavyweight division, this is a key matchup for both men and look for the winner of the fight to take a big step forward towards the division’s top 10.
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