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“UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez” Adds Schaub vs. Gonzaga, Duffee vs. Madsen

Written by Tom Ngo
July 22nd, 2010
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UFC Heavyweight Brendan Schaub

Hours after UFC president Dana White confirmed Tito Ortiz’s Octagon return at UFC 121, two sensational heavyweight battles were also added to the deepest fight card of 2010.

According to SportsNet.CA, Gabriel Gonzaga will meet Brendan Schaub and MMAJunkie reported that Todd Duffee will face Jon Madsen inside the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA.

Schaub owns a respectable 6-1 professional record and was last seen slapping Chris Tuchscherer silly at UFC 116. Although it’s unlikely he’ll post another 67-second TKO victory on an athlete as accomplished as Gonzaga, a W over the former top contender could solidify his spot among the division’s elite.

After putting Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic to sleep at UFC 70, many believed Gonzaga would emerge as a consistent contender to the crown. Although he holds an impressive 11-5 resume, “Napao’s” losses have come against some of the best in the world (Fabricio Werdum x 2, Randy Couture, Shane Carwin and Junior dos Santos).

Prior to his UFC 114 loss, no heavyweight appeared to have a brighter future than Duffee. Unfortunately for the 24-year-old, Mike Russow came along and humble him with a 3rdRound TKO upset. Duffee is now afforded the opportunity to hand someone else their first blemish.

Madsen holds a perfect 6-0 record, with half coming inside the Octagon. The H.I.T. Squad trained fighter has wrestled his way to easy unanimous decision wins over Mostapha Al-Turk and Karlos Vemola in his last two outings.

UFC 121 takes place October 23rd and will feature a heavyweight clash between champion Brock Lesnar and top contender Cain Velasquez.

Here are the fighters expected to compete in the O.C.:

Chris Camozzi vs. Dongi Yang
Sam Stout vs. Paul Taylor
Patrick Cote vs. Tom Lawlor
Court McGee vs. Ryan Jensen
Todd Duffee vs. Jon Madsen
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Brendan Schaub
Diego Sanchez vs. Paulo Thiago
Martin Kampmann vs. Jake Shields
Tito Ortiz vs. Matt Hamill
Cain Velasquez vs. Brock Lesnar (UFC Heavyweight Champion)

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