The UFC 146 card underwent yet another change this week when it was revealed heavyweight Gabriel Gonzaga had been injured while training for a fight against Roy Nelson and would be replaced by Dave Herman. No specifics were offered about Gonzaga’s condition.
While Gonzaga is an apt adversary to be sure, Herman is no joke either despite his nickname – “Pee Wee” – with a 21-3 record and twenty stoppages.
Also confirmed by the UFC, lightweight Evan Dunham has been pulled from his match-up against Edson Barboza for health-related reasons with former WEC champion Jamie Varner (19-6-1) stepping in his place.
UFC 146 has suffered a number of adjustments since originally being announced after headliner Alistair Overeem withdrew based on a failed drug test, causing a domino effect of sorts with a number of fighters being shifted around to fill in the resulting holes.
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MMATraining Take: I think Herman is a fine replacement but Varner is being thrown to the wolves. I’d be absolutely shocked if he makes it to the third round against a beast like Barboza.