Heavyweights to headline UFC 46
The UFC 146 fight card is shaping up to be the biggest ever – literally – as the UFC announced today that for the first time ever, all five bouts on the main card will feature heavyweight fights.
The latest addition to that roster comes as verbal agreements are in for a matchup between the UFC’s tallest fighter and one of its hardest hitters: Stefan “Skyscraper” Struve takes on Mark “Super Samoan” Hunt.
The event is headlined by a title fight between Junior dos Santos and Alistair Overeem, with a contender’s bout in the comain event between former champions Cain Velasquez and Frank Mir. Also on the main card are heavyweights Roy Nelson vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Shane Del Rosario.
At the other end of the weight division spectrum, another former champion will return to action as WEC featherweight kingpin, Mike Brown, will be taking on Daniel Pineda.
“Pineda is developing as a serious contender as he will be looking for his third stoppage in the Octagon in only 5 months and riding an almost 2 year unbeaten streak,” said UFC president Dana White. “This will be toughest test of his career, dealing with Brown’s experience, power and submission prowess.”
Two Heavyweight Bouts Added to Dos Santos vs. Reem Card updated March 6
Besides the heavyweight headliner of Junior dos Santos vs. Alistair Overeem, two more battles between big guys will go down at UFC 146.
Verbal agreements are in for a number-one contender match between former UFC heavyweight championsFrank Mir and Cain Velasquez, confirmed UFC president Dana White today.
Plus, former Strikeforce heavyweight star Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva has verbally agreed to make his UFC debut against Roy “Big Country” Nelson. Silva logged wins over Andrei Arlovski, Mike Kyle and Fedor Emelianenko in Strikeforce and Nelson has wins over Brendan Schaub, Stefan Struve and Mirko Cro Copand got Fight of the Night in his last fight against Fabricio Werdum.
Dos Santos-Overeem Set for MGM Grand May 26 updated March 6
The biggest heavyweight fight of 2012 will land at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 26th, as UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos defends his title for the first time in the main event of UFC 146 against former Strikeforce and K-1 champion Alistair Overeem. Ticket information will be announced soon.
Five Bouts Added to Stacked UFC 146 Card updated February 22
May 26th’s UFC 146 card in Las Vegas is starting to take shape with a five more stellar bouts designed to kick off the Summer of 2012 in style.
In a matchup of welterweight strikers, Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy returns to battle veteran Duane “Bang” Ludwig, and the fists are likely to be flying as well in heavyweight action, as former Strikeforce big manShane Del Rosario puts his unbeaten record on the line against former world title challenger Gabriel Gonzaga.
Plus, Ultimate Fighter season 14 winner Diego Brandao makes his first start since winning the show, as he takes on Darren Elkins in a featherweight matchup; Jacob “Christmas” Volkmann puts his five fight winning streak up for grabs against British submission specialist Paul Sass in lightweight action; and longtime standout Glover Teixeira makes his highly-anticipated UFC debut in a light heavyweight bout against Kyle Kingsbury.
All bouts have been verbally agreed to.