Former #1 contender to the UFC heavyweight crown Gabriel Gonzaga will welcome Strikeforce transplant Shane Del Rosario to the Octagon at UFC 146, confirming the event will host at least one clash between heavyweights.
Gonzaga (13-6) is a returned to the organization recently with a submission victory over Ednaldo Oliveira at UFC 142. He also holds a memorable past win over Mirko Filipovic where the BJJ specialist crumpled “Cro Cop” with a head-kick.
Comparably, Del Rosario (11-0) has been on the sidelines since early in 2011 due to injuries suffered during a car crash. Del Rosario was slated to face Daniel Cormier before the accident and has not fought since. All of his victories have involved some form of finish with ten coming in the opening round of action.
UFC 146 takes place May 26 from Las Vegas, Nevada. No main event has been announced but the card is expected to host heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos defending his title against Alistair Overeem. Match-ups already set for the lineup include C.B. Dollaway vs. Jason Miller and Dan Hardy vs. Duane Ludwig.
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