“There’s a difference between me and, I think, the last number of opponents ‘Cro Cop’ has had in that I respect the guy so much I’m going to go in there and give him the best that I’ve got. My respect is by throwing a right hand in his face. These other guys, they’re clapping and hugging and high-fiving. There’s a reason I got that fight. (UFC president) Dana White knows I’m a pretty intense guy in the octagon… After (the fight), hopefully me and ‘Cro Cop’ are buddies. But I couldn’t care less about that. I’m just trying to get the win and get a convincing knockout.”

—Brendan Schaub on MMA Junkie Radio talking about his upcoming fight against Mirko Cro Cop at UFC 128

There’s only a few fighters I would I say get emotionally invested in when they fight. Mirko Cro Cop was always one of those fighters, but after his dreadfully uninspiring performance against Frank Mir, I just can’t get up for this one. That fight left a horribly sour taste in my mouth, and it’s going to take a performance reminiscent of his PRIDE days to restore my faith in him at this point. I just want to see him care again, so I can care. I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but I think Brendan Schaub is going to beat Mirko Cro Cop at UFC 128. Dammit Mirko, prove me wrong.

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