Stipe Miocic celebrates a win - Photo by Esther Lin for MMAFighting.com
The all-heavyweight main card for UFC 146 in Las Vegas on May 26th is once again complete after the removal of Alistair Overeem from the night's main event forced the shuffling of several other fights. In summary: Frank Mir will replace Overeem, while Mir's original opponent, Cain Velasquez, will now face Antonio Silva, while Silva's original opponent, Roy Nelson, will face Gabriel Gonzaga. Still following? Gonzaga's original opponent was Shane del Rosario who was the odd man out until UFC president, Dana White, announced via twitter that fellow undefeated prospect, Stipe Miocic, had gotten the call to fill in on short notice and fight del Rosario:
8-0 Stipe Miocic vs 11-0 Shane Del Rosario is on!!!!
Miocic entered the UFC as a highly-touted heavyweight prospect and a product of the Strong Style Fight Team in Cleveland. With solid wrestling and boxing credentials, Miocic debuted against the durable Joey Beltran and got the win, despite going to a decision for the first time in his career. His sophomore effort was a little more decisive as he knocked out Philip De Fries in under a minute at UFC on Fuel TV 1 back in February.
Del Rosario made a name for himself in Strikeforce and EliteXC before both promotions were swallowed up by the UFC. Fans began to take notice as the Team Oyama product plowed through the competition, finishing all his opponents with a combination of strong muay thai skills and a dynamic submission game. As a reserve for the Strikeforce heavyweight GP, Del Rosario was scheduled to face Daniel Cormier, but a minor car accident left him with a herniated disc and forced him out of action. Now having been on the shelf for over year, Del Rosario will finally get the chance to introduce himself to UFC fans, but Miocic certainly won't make it easy.
Stipe Miocic (8-0)
W Philip De Fries (KO - punch) - UFC on Fuel 1
W Joey Beltran (unam. decision) - UFC 136
W Bobby Brents (submission - leg kicks) - NAAFS: Fight Night in the Flats 7
Shane del Rosario (11-0)
W Lavar Johnson (submission - armbar) - Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Silva
W Lolohea Mahe (TKO) - Strikeforce Challengers: del Rosario vs. Mahe
W Brandon Cash (submission - omoplata) - Strikeforce Challengers: Gurgel vs. Evangelista