UFC 146 Fight Card: Stipe Miocic Stepping in to Face Shane Del Rosario

Sal DeRoseCorrespondent IApril 24, 2012

Photo via MMAFighting.com
Photo via MMAFighting.com

UFC 146 has undergone some major changes including one to its big heavyweight title collision between Alistair Overeem and Junior dos Santos. The card is undergoing one more change to the heavyweight battlefield.

Since Overeem's failed drug test, each heavyweight fight has seemingly undergone some change. This includes newcomer to the UFC, Shane del Rosario who was originally suppose to face Gabriel Gonzaga.


UFC.com noted that with the changes, Gonzaga has moved up to face Roy Nelson and now stepping in to face del Rosario will be Stipe Miocic. 

Both fighters are looking to use this fight to propel themselves deeper into the heavyweight pool on a card filled with heavyweights. The card lends a perfect opportunity to set themselves up for a successful future.

Del Rosario is 11-0 heading into this fight with Miocic, and is coming off a first round armbar victory against Lavar Johnson last February. Del Rosario was involved in a car accident last year when he was hit by woman driving drunk.

Del Rosario was set to face Daniel Cormier at Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum, but the accident caused a herniated disk and he had to withdraw from the fight.

For Miocic, he is coming off back-to-back wins in the UFC to improve his record to 8-0. Miocic won a decision over Joey Beltran in his UFC debut last October and then proceeded to knockout Phil De Fries in his last fight in February.

Miocic versus del Rosario will air on the main card and pay-per-view portion of UFC 146, which takes place live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 26th.