May 4, 2012
Vegas UFC a roll of the dice
By Neil Springer, QMI Agency
UFC 146 has undergone two more shakeups.
Heavyweight Gabriel Gonzaga and lightweight Evan Dunham have both been forced off the card due to injury.
Dave Herman (right) will step in for Gonzaga against Roy Nelson while former WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner will fill in for Dunham against Brazilian standout Edson Barboza. Herman’s last outing saw him suffer a TKO loss to Stefan Struve in February.
After getting submitted by Shane Roller on the final WEC card on Dec. 16, 2010, Varner was not brought over to the UFC roster. Since then, he has won three of his past four bouts.
UFC 146, which takes place May 26 in Las Vegas, received a major blow last month when it was announced Alistair Overeem failed his pre-fight drug test. As a result, the UFC had to shuffle its all-heavyweight main card. Overeem was replaced by former titleholder Frank Mir, who was originally scheduled to face Cain Velasquez.
The new opponent marks Nelson’s third for the event. He was first set to take on Strikeforce veteran Antonio Silva, who has since been bumped up to fight Velasquez.