Six months have passed since Junior dos Santos ascended to the top of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s heavyweight division and emerged as the sport’s resident alpha male. Now comes the first challenge to his throne.

Dos Santos tipped the scales at 239 pounds for his five-round title defense against Frank Mir (261) in the UFC 146 headliner on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The eight other competitors slated for duty on the all-heavyweight main card, including co-headliners Cain Velasquez (240) and Antonio Silva (264), also met their contracted weight requirements without incident at Friday’s official weigh-in.

The 27-year-old dos Santos will enter the cage on a nine-fight winning streak. He last appeared at UFC on Fox 1 in November, when he smashed through Velasquez in 64 seconds to win the heavyweight championship. A protégé of Brazilian icon Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, dos Santos has secured 10 of his 14 professional victories by knockout or technical knockout. Wins over 2006 Pride Fighting Championships open weight grand prix winner Mirko Filipovic, two-time Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Championships gold medalist Fabricio Werdum and the world-ranked Shane Carwin anchor his stellar resume. Dos Santos has compiled an 8-0 mark since arriving in the UFC in 2008.

Mir has rattled off three consecutive victories, and his 15 UFC wins rank first all-time among heavyweights. The 33-year-old Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt last fought at UFC 140 in December, when he snapped Nogueira’s arm with a vicious first-round kimura at the Air Canade Centre in Toronto. One of the sport’s most feared grapplers, Mir has delivered more than half (nine) of his 16 professional victories by submission.

Sherdog Fantasy MMA: UFC 146 "Dos Santos vs. Mir" Free Fan Pick’Em
UFC 146 “Dos Santos vs. Mir” -- which airs live on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT -- will also feature heavyweight duels matching “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 10 winner Roy Nelson (254) with Dave Herman (233), Team Oyama’s Shane del Rosario (246) with fellow unbeaten Stipe Miocic (245) and the 6-foot-11 Stefan Struve (255) with Lavar Johnson (248).

Two hours prior, the FX network will carry four undercard bouts: Diego Brandao (145) vs. Darren Elkins (145), Edson Barboza (155) vs. Jamie Varner (156), Jason “Mayhem” Miller (185) vs. C.B. Dollaway (186) and Dan Hardy (170) vs. Duane Ludwig (171). The three remaining preliminary matches will stream to the UFC’s Facebook page, as Jacob Volkmann (155) collides with the undefeated Paul Sass (156), Kyle Kingsbury (205) squares off with promotional newcomer Glover Teixeira (204) and former WEC featherweight champion Mike Thomas Brown (145) tangles with Daniel Pineda (146).

UFC 146 “Dos Santos vs. Mir”
Saturday, May 26
MGM Grand Garden Arena
Las Vegas

UFC Heavyweight Championship
Junior dos Santos (239) vs. Frank Mir (261)

Cain Velasquez (240) vs. Antonio Silva (264)
Roy Nelson (254) vs. Dave Herman (233)
Shane del Rosario (246) vs. Stipe Miocic (245)
Stefan Struve (255) vs. Lavar Johnson (248)
Diego Brandao (145) vs. Darren Elkins (145)
Edson Barboza (155) vs. Jamie Varner (156)
Jason “Mayhem” Miller (185) vs. C.B. Dollaway (186)
Dan Hardy (170) vs. Duane Ludwig (171)
Jacob Volkmann (155) vs. Paul Sass (156)
Kyle Kingsbury (205) vs. Glover Teixeira (204)
Mike Thomas Brown (145) vs. Daniel Pineda (146)

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Ten months after leg break, Igor Fernandes aims for M-1 Challenge title

  • 25 days ago
  • 0 views

Igor Fernandes fractured his tibia a couple weeks before the biggest fight of his career against Paul Daley last September at BAMMA, and he’s finally returning to action. Riding a six-fight win strea read news >>

What’s next for 'Jacare' after being passed over for title shot? ‘Nobody else makes sense’

  • 26 days ago
  • 117 views

Luke Rockhold is the next in line for a shot at UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman, and Ronaldo Souza is now left without an opponent. "Jacare" was considered to be the next in line after winnin read news >>

UFC Fight Night 67 Results: Matches to Make for the Winners and Losers

  • 26 days ago
  • 3 views

More than 14 months since he last appeared, Carlos Condit made a solid return on May 30 at UFC Fight Night 67, where he stopped Thiago Alves at the end of the second round. Following a close opening read news >>

WSOF 21 weigh in results, live video stream

  • 26 days ago
  • 22 views

Get up-to-the-minute weigh-in results for WSOF 21 below, as well as live streaming video as the fighters hit the scale. World Series of Fighting (WSOF) 21 weigh in event for its upcoming NBC Sports N read news >>

Frankie Edgar's manager: Jose Aldo-Conor McGregor winner only bout that makes sense

  • 26 days ago
  • 10 views

Frankie Edgar was passed over once for a shot at UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo Jr.'s title. But "The Answer" is determined not to let it happen again. The former UFC lightweight champion has d read news >>

ONE Championship 28 set with Nastyukhin-Kawanago headliner, tourney bouts

  • 26 days ago
  • 4 views

The lineup is set for this month’s “ONE Championship 28: Dynasty of Champions” event in China.Filed under: MMA Rumors, News read news >>

UFC 188 extended video preview: I have the 'true belt,' Fabricio Werdum says

  • 27 days ago
  • 286 views

Check out an extended video preview of this month’s UFC 188 pay-per-view event, in which Fabricio Werdum makes a bold claim about the belt that was recently wrapped around his waist.Filed under: Feat read news >>

UFC Fight Night 67 medical suspensions: Alves, Breese out up to six months

  • 28 days ago
  • 2 views

Two fighters earned long medical suspensions at UFC Fight Night 67. One was pretty obvious, the other was not. If you didn't watch UFC Fight Night 67 this past Saturday, you only need one look at the read news >>

Levan Makashvili replaces Chas Skelly at UFC Fight Night 70 in Florida

  • 29 days ago
  • 2 views

Levan Makashvili has replaced Chas Skelly at this month’s UFC Fight Night 70 event, officials today announced.Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC read news >>

UFC Fight Night 67 injuries and medical suspensions: 'Pitbull' leashed up to six months

  • 29 days ago
  • 31 views

Now that the dust has settled and the smoke has cleared, it's time to find out who's worse for the wear following the carnage at UFC Fight Night 67 this past weekend in Brazil. Ultimate Fighting Cham read news >>