146 has its third revision in four days, as UFC President Dana
White announced via Twitter on Monday that Gabriel
Gonzaga will now take on Roy Nelson on
the May 26 card.
Nelson was left without an opponent when Antonio
Silva was tabbed to take Frank Mir’s
place against Cain
Velasquez in the evening’s co-main event. Gonzaga was
originally scheduled to square off with former Strikeforce talent
Rosario in another main card tilt. No replacement opponent has
been announced for Del Rosario at this time.
Taking place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, UFC 146 is
headlined by a heavyweight title bout between Mir and reigning
champion Junior dos
Santos. The main card is also expected to include a heavyweight
clash between Mark Hunt and
A veteran of the International Fight League, Nelson has lost three
of his last four fights. “Big Country” last appeared at UFC 143,
where he fell to Fabricio
Werdum via unanimous decision. “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 10
winner owns notable victories against Struve, Mirko “Cro
Cop” Filipovic and Brendan
Schaub during his Octagon tenure.
After more than a year hiatus from the Las Vegas-based promotion,
Gonzaga returned to the UFC in January, earning a first-round
submission triumph over Ednaldo
Oliveira in Rio de Janeiro. A onetime heavyweight title
challenger, Gonzaga began his UFC career in 2005 and reeled off
four straight victories, most notably a head-kick knockout of
Filipovic at UFC 70.