Dana White Confirms Cain Velasquez-Antonio Silva For UFC 146

All of the changes in fights for the upcoming UFC 146 card in May has resulted in a new opponent for Cain Velasquez.

UFC president Dana White confirmed via Twitter on Sunday that Velasquez, a former UFC heavyweight champion, will meet Antonio Silva in the co-main event of the all-heavyweight card on May 26 from Las Vegas.

Velasquez was originally set to meet Frank Mir in a No. 1 contender bout, but Mir took Alistair Overeem’s place in the main event vs. Junior dos Santos for the UFC heavyweight title.

Silva was set to face Roy Nelson on the same night, but a new opponent for Nelson has yet to be made public. It is also unknown if the Silva-Velasquez fight will be a No. 1 contender match.

“Don’t believe any of the BS you read on the internet. Cain is fighting Bigfoot Silva on May 26th in Vegas,” White wrote.

Overeem was officially removed from the card last Friday, despite still having a hearing to determine his fight license set for Tuesday in Nevada. White said the UFC was under pressure in regards to marketing and tickets, forcing them to make a decision on the main event before the hearing.

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  • Cocunuts

    Didn’t bigfoot just get knocked out…

    • Ed Lib

      Didn’t Cain just get knocked out?

      • mooliani

         yes but big foot got knocked out by mini cain its going to be deja vu

  • Matt Silliman

    Why Bigfoot? He’s not that good and he’s coming off a loss. I wonder if Werdum wanted to stay on the Brazil card. I’d rather see Travis Browne fight Cain. Bigfoot is about to get dominated.

    • Makessincebumm

      Cain is comin off a knock out loss to it makes since to me

    • Ed Lib

      To me, Bigfoot is really not that good… but, due to his size, it might give Cain a hell of an issue to apply his wrestling game.  He’s got his bjj skills, and let see how much has he learned after his loss to Cormier.

      But it could make more sense as a planned fight… on short notice I see Cain as a huge favorite.

      • Matt Silliman

        Bigfoot has BJJ skills?  he had Fedor in full high mount and back control for the entire 2nd round and let Fedor escape with 30 seconds left.  I understand he has a belt, but as a black belt you should be able to finish a guy when you have than kind of control for that long. 

        He is all Hype because of his size, and Cain will walk right through him.  In my Opinion.

        • Ed Lib

          I’m not saying he’s a BJJ master of something, and I also didn’t say he was the favorite, nor even he was all hype due to his size.

          Cain is the favorite by far to me… but I’m just saying it’s not a bad matchup. When Cain just lost to JDS rumors started to put him against Kongo or Bigfoot at that time already… I’m saying they were both under each one’s radar.

  • Miranduh

    Maybe they can get Browne to pick up the Roy Nelson fight. That would be interesting.

  • Ben rage

    Mark Hunt vs Roy Nelson? What do you guys think?

    • Ed Lib

      The thing is Hunt has just won a fight… and Nelson is coming from 2 losses… but it could do a hell of a fight.

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