Minotauro Nogueira vs Brendan Schaub
Nogueira should be ready to go soon after having successful knee, and hip surgeries. He is a legend and still a top heavyweight for the UFC. Schaub on the other hand is a rising prospect and hasn’t looked back since losing to Roy Nelson. Schaub is a riding a 4 fight win streak with some decent wins over the likes of Gabriel Gonzaga, and Mirko Cro Cop. I have Nogueira as the #6 Heavyweight in the UFC , and Schaub as #7. This definitely would be a main card fight at UFC Rio.
Mike Russow vs Ben Rothwell
Russow is coming off a good win over Jon Madsen who was undefeated at the time. Russow displayed effective striking which showed up on Madsen’s swollen shut eye. Rothwell is a knockout artist with 18 of his 31 wins coming by knockout. He has been out of action for awhile but remains a top heavyweight in the UFC. This would be a perfect Co-Main Event for a UFC Versus, Live, or Fight Night card. It could also be a main card fight for a pay per view card but i’d think this would be a sweet fight to show live.
Mirko Cro Cop vs Mark Hunt
Cro Cop might be done depending on if Dana White won’t let him fight 1 more time. IF he does get him up in a rematch with Mark Hunt. The only thing I fear is that Cro Cop will get brutally knocked out. Hunt is at the bottom of the UFC Heavyweights but make no mistake for his KO Power. A win for Cro Cop would not only avenge one of his defeats but possibly put his legend career to a rest. This would be on the main card of a UFC Versus, Live or Fight Night card.
Jon Madsen vs Rob Broughton