The revolving door of match-ups at UFC 146 took one more spin on Monday night when chief executive Dana White announced Roy Nelson would face Gabriel Gonzaga at the Memorial Day Weekend event. Nelson was originally set to face Strikeforce veteran Antonio Silva before“Bigfoot” was pegged to fill a different vacancy.
The lynchpin in the card’s reshuffling was Alistair Overeem who was removed from his scheduled scrap with heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos, then replaced by Frank Mir whose original adversary, Cain Velasequez, received Silva as a stand-in. Unfortunately, the trickle-down effect continued with Gonzaga’s selection, as he was supposed to fight Shane Del Rosario at the same show.
Gonzaga is a familiar face to longtime fans of the UFC who remember his run at the title including one of the nastiest knockouts in promotional history where Mirko Filipovic was left in a twisted mess after eating a perfectly thrown high-kick. The 13-6 Brazilian has finished all of the foes he’s felled while Nelson has only been stopped a single time in his 23-fight career.
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MMATraining Take: This is as serviceable a fight as Silva-Nelson was. Gonzaga is no joke, though his chin his extremely questionable and Nelson has one-punch knockout power. Hopefully the UFC will just give Del Rosario a relative nobody since he hasn’t fought in awhile and is a solid prospect if he’s maintained the potential he showed prior to the car wreck that set his career back last year.