UFC 146 All-Heavyweight Main Card Remains Intact, Despite Facelift

April 24, 2012
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Joey Beltran and Stipe Miocic at UFC 136

Stipe Miocic

When Alistair Overeem was pulled from the UFC 146 fight card last Friday, the dominoes began to fall.

UFC president Dana White slotted Frank Mir in for Overeem, making him the new challenger to UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos on May 26 in Las Vegas. That left Cain Velasquez without an opponent.

UFC officials then removed Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva from his fight with Roy Nelson, pitting him against Velasquez. And that left Nelson without opposition.

The dominoes continued, as Gabriel Gonzaga was then pulled from his battle with Shane Del Rosario to replace Silva. So now you’ve got Roy Nelson vs. Gabriel Gonzaga.

Sticking with the all-heavyweight theme for the UFC 146 main card, however, Del Rosario wasn’t left out in the cold. The UFC late Monday night announced that Stipe Miocic, the only one of these players not already on the card, would step in to make Del Rosario’s fight whole once again.

Del Rosario (11-0) will finally make his Octagon debut at UFC 146, coming off of a victory over Lavar Johnson, more than a year ago, under the Strikeforce banner.

Miocic, however, is also undefeated at 8-0. He already has two UFC fights under his belt with wins over Joey Beltran and Phil De Fries.

But somebody’s O has got to go.

The lone fight not getting a makeover was the one pitting Mark Hunt against Stefan Struve.

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  • phrankthetank

    Good test for both fighters. Shane and Stipe

    • Lesnardo

      Didn’t know about these guys until recently. Both are impressive. Awesome call!!!

  • Originally the co-main event was the #1 contender’s fight. I’m assuming that still holds for Velasquez but not for Antonio Silva?

    • Lesnardo

      I don’t think the UFC has a rule for that. It is whatever Dana feels like putting on OR whatever Joe Silva puts on that Dana concurs with.

      JDS was supposed to get a title shot after the Nelson fight. But then he had to fight Carwin/Brock.

      If BigFoot DESTROYS Cain, I think he can get a title shot.

      I would personally like to see Cain fight two more times before the title shot, including this fight. Cain vs Barnett (should he win the GP) would be nice.

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  • julianmoran

    Velaskes vs Big foot is not a very interesting fight. I would much rather have seen Werdum vs Velaskes.

    Gonzaga vs Nelson though is a good fight.

    Time to bring Fedor in the mix.