UFC 146 is going to be big, and I don’t just mean in star power.
In addition to the Junior dos Santos vs. Alistair Overeem heavyweight championship main event (which was just made official yesterday by the way) and the recently announced Roy Nelson vs. Antonio Silva and Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Shane del Rosario heavyweight bouts, the card will also feature a heavyweight number one contender’s match between former champs Frank Mir and Cain Velasquez. Dana White confirmed the news to FOX Sports this afternoon:
“Verbal agreements are in for a No. 1 contender match between former UFC world heavyweight champions Frank Mir and Cain Velasquez at UFC 146, May 26 in Las Vegas,” UFC president Dana White said.
The addition makes for a whole lotta heavyweight action in one night. In fact, I don’t believe we’ve seen this level of heavyweight talent on one card since the opening night of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix over a year ago.
As for the fight itself, I don’t think you could find two better heavyweights at this point to compete for the next heavyweight title shot than Velasquez and Mir. What’s great about this is no matter who wins the championship and this number one contender’s bout, we’re going to end up with another great heavyweight championship fight later in the year. True, it could produce Junior dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez 2 which JDS won decisively the first time around, but it wasn’t the type of fight where the loser was beat down and dominated for five rounds. Who knows what would have happened if JDS didn’t catch Velasquez just right with that punch. I don’t think anyone would be too shocked if Velasquez emerged victorious in a rematch.
That’s all water cooler talk for another time though. For now, let’s just look forward to the epic night of heavyweight action we have before us.
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