The constant shuffling of the all-heavyweight main card started with Alistair Overeem being removed from the main event with Junior dos Santos. Frank Mir was then tabbed to replace Overeem and fight for the UFC heavyweight title leaving Cain Velasquez without an opponent. Antonio Silva quickly stepped in for Mir, but in full-on domino fashion that left a hole opposite Nelson.
Finally, earlier today, UFC President Dana White sent out a message via Twitter confirming Gonzaga (13-6) will be the one to replace Silva and meet the Ultimate Fighter winner Nelson (16-7).
Gonzaga returned to the UFC after just over a year away, defeating Edinaldo Oliveira earlier this year. “Napao” scored a first round submission victory over the training partner of Dos Santos. Comparably, Nelson is in a 1-3 slump over his past four fights, including losses against Fabricio Werdum and Mir, but has entertained throughout and is a tough draw for any adversary.
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