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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