Nogueira, an aging star who hadn't fought in a year and a half, appeared to be slower than the Nogueira of old in the early going, and it was easy to see why so many people thought the powerful Schaub would knock him out. But Nogueira bided his time and waded in at just the right instant with a hard 1-2 punch combination that sent Schaub against the fence.
From there Nogueira closed and landed another big left hand, sending Schaub face-first into the canvas, and a couple more punches on the ground were landed before referee Herb Dean stepped in to stop the fight.
"I was injured, I had surgery in both hips and my knee, but I sacrificed because I had never fought at home," Nogueira said afterward, gesturing to the Brazilian fans. "I wanted to fight for them."
Nogueira improved his professional MMA record to 33-6-1 and showed that he still has what it takes to compete in the UFC's heavyweight division. Schaub falls to 8-2.
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