TUF questions with Schaub
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In this exclusive interview, Schaub discusses episode four involving his preliminary fight with Rogers, why
To do that against an experienced fighter like Roy doesn't really make sense and I think [Kimbo] has learned a lot from that fight. I think Kimbo came out the winner, even though he lost, I think he showed everyone that he can compete at this level.
What was that all about and is Rampage really in a position to where he can get mad at someone for being a jokester when he himself is probably the biggest jokester there is?
Why exactly is that a good matchup for Matt, and do you think
They were also hoping Matt could keep it standing and maybe catch Marcus. Matt's a big dude too, not as big as Marcus though but I can kind of see their logic in matching those two guys up.
I knew he was a stand-up guy and he had some K-1 experience, stuff like that so I told the coaches that I had my mind set on fighting Demico and I thought the game plan we had would be an easy win for me if I stuck to it, although Demico is a tough guy.
When they brought up Junk, I think it was a day or two before the fight announcements and I was just focused on Demico, so I didn't want to change that.
I knew Matt prior to the house from football and he's a good guy, man. He's funny and he's just kind of different so you just have to take him for what he is and I was still his friend but you'll see as the show goes on the rest of the team kind of alienates him.
They kind of leave him off on his own because the guys were really upset that he did that and he lost the team's trust after that.
They showed a clip of you walking around the Octagon with Coach Trevor Wittman, and he was pumping you up and calling you the best in the world. What is it like to work with such a motivational coach as Wittman and how much do his motivational words increase your performance in fights?
When he tells me that stuff I feel like I can compete with anyone in the world so it gives me a huge advantage mentally and they could have thrown anyone in there and I would have been ready to go with Trevor on my side.
He was in between Albuquerque and Vegas so I think he only made it [to coach on the show] half the time but you guys will see more of Greg, for sure.
He's a weirdo, he's funny and he's a big bully at the same time but he just does some antics that are priceless. I think they'll definitely start showing some of his stuff soon because it's going to be good for ratings.
Well he brought this dead stuffed cat and he was all pissed off because they wouldn't let him bring it back to the house with him and I guess when he got back there was an ear broken on it so he was pretty pissed about that.
I think for a lot of guys when they get taken down it's like the end of the world and they freak out about it but training with the team I have here, I have been in a lot of bad positions before and I'm no slouch on the ground either, so if it goes down there, I'm comfortable and can win the fight down there or get back to my feet and end it there.
The rumor going around the house was that Demico was going to stand and bang with me and I was like 'man there's no way he's that stupid' but in the back of my head I thought it could have just been house rumors with guys trying to stir stuff up so it is what it is.
Demico is a tough guy and we knew he had a lot of finishes from ground n' pound because it was kind of his thing. I think he was also the Strikeforce fight of the night a few times so he's a tough dude and he definitely has a bright future.
I think he just got a tough draw and if he would have fought some of the other guys on the team, I think he would have done well.
When I hear stuff like that, I just think 'man, you're not here to win it' so although Demico is a very talented guy that was another reason why I called him out.
Were you happy you were able to showcase your ninja-like BJJ with an impressive submission over one of the top fighters on the other team?
People in Colorado when they see that I think they'll be like 'man I remember that guy so it was good in that aspect. It was definitely good because I train hard on my Jiu-Jitsu so it was good to win like that.
I think a lot of people, when they watch this at home they kind of lose some respect for Rampage on a personal level. Do you think he meant any harm at all in his behavior after the fight or is he just that horrible of a coach that he doesn't understand you have to motivate your fighters even in defeat?
I'll tell you what I know about the fight game but other than that I'm just not a coach' so I think mentally those guys knew what they were getting into and didn't expect much from him.
There's a big difference between being cocky and being confident and I don't know any fighter who isn't confident and if they are than they aren't a very good one so there's a thin line between confidence and arrogance and I think Rashad is good at doing that.
I think he's coming off good on the show and people will see him for who he is, he's a great coach and a great guy.