UFC 146 can still claim an all-heavyweight main card, despite Alistair Overeem’s withdrawal from the main event and subsequent line-up shuffling.
Unbeaten heavyweight prospect Stipe Miocic (8-0) has stepped up to fill the final gap left by Overeem’s absence and will be taking on fellow undefeated big man Shane Del Rosario (11-0) on the night’s main card.
Ohio-born and of Czech descent, Miocic has gone 2-0 since making it into the UFC, picking up victories over Joey Beltran in his debut and Philip de Fries in his most recent outing. Miocic defeated de Fries by first-round knockout in February at UFC on Fuel TV: Sanchez vs. Ellenberger. Prior to meeting Beltran, Miocic had finished all of his fights within the distance.
Del Rosario, who hasn’t yet allowed a bout to go the distance, will be making his UFC debut against Miocic. The Californian was expected to face Gabriel Gonzaga on the card, but Gonzaga stepped up to face Roy Nelson for Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, who who will take on Cain Velasquez instead of Frank Mir, who was called up to fight Junior dos Santos for the belt.
UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Mir is scheduled to take place on May 26 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.