It looks like the fallout produced by Alistair Overeem’s late removal from a title-fight at UFC 146 is finally over as the lone remaining heavyweight left without an opponent, Shane Del Rosario, now has a foe to face after recently seeing originally scheduled adversary Gabriel Gonzaga shifted to a bout with Roy Nelson.
According to a Tweet from UFC President Dana White, Del Rosario will now lock horns with Stipe Miocic at the May 26 event. Both men are undefeated and have totaled eighteen stoppages in nineteen total wins.
Del Rosario will be making his UFC debut after a solid run in Strikeforce including a February 2011 finish of Lavar Johnson. He has been out of action since while recovering from a serious automobile accident. Also worth noting, ten of Del Rosario’s eleven victories have come in the opening round of action.
Meanwhile, Miocic is 8-0 with a pair of triumphs in his only two Octagon outings including an entertaining effort against Joey Beltran this past October.
UFC 146 is the first event in promotional history to feature all-heavyweights on the main card. The show is headlined by Junior dos Santos defending his divisional belt against Frank Mir and features other bouts such as Antonio Silva-Cain Velasquez and Mark Hunt-Stefan Struve.
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MMATraining Take: It’s nice to see things worked out in the end even if it stunk losing Overeem-Dos Santos. All of the other bouts at UFC 146 are solid and without question it will prove to be one of the most memorable cards of the year.