If you are a fan of heavyweight MMA fights, than UFC 146 is for you. The heavyweight extravaganza will be headlined by one of the most anticipated UFC championship fights in months between Alistair Overeem vs. Junior Dos Santos.
We all knew that Dos Santos vs. Overeem was coming, we just didn’t know when. The fight was officially announced for the UFC 146 event earlier this week. Overeem was awarded the title shot after he defeated former champion Brock Lesnar last year. This will mark Dos Santos’ first UFC title defense since winning the belt from Cain Velasquez.
[adinserter block=”2″]Speaking of Velasquez, UFC 146 will mark Cain’s first fight back after being knocked out and losing the title to Dos Santos. Cain Velasquez vs. Frank Mir will feature a battle of two former UFC heavyweight champions. The fight has already been identified as a title-eliminator with the winner of the fight getting the first crack at the Overeem vs. Dos Santos winner.
Not to be outdone, Roy Nelson vs. Antonio Big Foot Silva will take place underneath the top bouts. The heavyweight collision will mark the UFC debut of Big Foot Silva. The fight announcement comes just days after Roy Nelson launched a campaign on Facebook in which he declared that he would drop to light heavyweight if he received enough “likes.” This fight could surprise some fans unfamiliar with the two as both are excellent on the ground and could look to make this a grappling/Jiu-Jitsu match as opposed to an old school slugfest.
This really is an all-star array of heavyweight fights for one show. I always liked having the title-eliminator fight on the same show as that specific championship bout. This way there is no delay other than a serious injury of the UFC capitalizing on the moment and immediately moving forward with the fight. I never understood why title-eliminator fights would take place months apart from the championship fight.
UFC 146 will almost have an old-school UFC tournament feel to it. Velasquez or Mir will be moving on to the next round to fight for the title. The UFC has arguably the top four heavyweights in the mix at this point. Both fights also have enormous potential to offer fans the kind of heavy hitting, knockout-producing bout that fans enjoy from heavyweights.
Jason Miller will look to rebound off a pathetic UFC appearance when he fights C.B. Dollaway. Personally, I would be perfectly fine without ever having to sit through another Mayhem fight in the UFC again. Dan Hardy also looks to get back on track with a welterweight fight against Duane Ludwig on the undercard.
[adinserter block=”1″]Rumored and confirmed UFC 146: Dos Santos Vs. Overeem card…
UFC heavyweight championship fight: Junior dos Santos vs. Alistair Overeem
Edson Barboza vs. Evan Dunham
Cain Velasquez vs. Frank Mir
Roy Nelson vs. Antonio Silva
Jason Miller vs. C.B. Dollaway
Dan Hardy vs. Duane Ludwig
Jacob Volkmann vs. Paul Sass
Darren Elkins vs. Diego Brandao
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Shane del Rosario
Kyle Kingsbury vs. Glover Teixeira
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