The UFC’s game of heavyweight musical chairs has ended.
Promotion officials recently announced that unbeaten prospects
Miocic and Shane del
Rosario will collide May 26 at UFC
146. The event will be headlined by a heavyweight title tilt
between former champion Frank Mir and
reigning divisional ruler Junior dos
Dos Santos was originally slated to face former Strikeforce titlist
Overeem at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, but Overeem
withdrew from the bout after his pre-fight drug test revealed an
elevated testosterone to epitestosterone ratio. The Dutchman’s
absence left a noticeable hole in the all-heavyweight main draw,
causing the UFC to change several scheduled matchups.
Mir was promoted to the headlining spot, leaving Cain
Velasquez temporarily without an opponent. However, the UFC
soon announced that Antonio
Silva would fill that void and subsequently revealed that
Gonzaga would slide in to face Roy Nelson.
Now, Miocic has answered the call to face Gonzaga’s original
opponent in del Rosario.
Miocic, 29, debuted with the UFC this past October after winning
the North American Allied Fight Series heavyweight title. A former
NCAA Division I wrestler at Cleveland State University, Miocic
outpointed the durable Joey
Beltran at UFC
136 before knocking out British grappler Philip De
Fries in just 43 seconds two months ago at
UFC on Fuel TV 1.
Del Rosario is a veteran of EliteXC and M-1 Global competition and
has finished all 11 of his career victims. The 28-year-old debuted
with Strikeforce in 2009 and has competed three times for the
promotion, taking out Brandon
Cash and Lolohea
Mahe before submitting Lavar
Johnson with a first-round armbar at “Fedor
vs. Silva” in February.