The Alistair Overeem effect is now officially complete. After setting off a chain reaction with his failed pre-fight drug test, which forced changes to four of the five heavyweight scraps appearing in the UFC 146 pay-per-view broadcast, the final adjustment to the May 26th lineup was made late Monday night.
Stipe Miocic has agreed to step in and face Shane Del Rosario (Pictured) inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Del Rosario was initially scheduled to make his big league premiere against Gabriel Gonzaga, but “Napao” was reassigned to Roy Nelson earlier in the day. “Big Country” was originally slated to welcome Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva into the Octagon until Sunday when Silva was bumped to the card’s co-main event against Cain Velasquez.
Silva received the nod because Velasquez’s opponent, Frank Mir, was promoted to the show’s main attraction opposite champion Junior dos Santos. And of course, all of this drama was ignited when Overeem’s domino fell.
Del Rosario is perfect through his first 11 professional bouts. “No Limits” hasn’t been seen since submitting Lavar Johnson in February 2011.
Speaking of unblemished résumés, Miocic has won all eight of his fights. His last two contests have been under the UFC’s watch. The 29-year-old posted a decision win over Joey Beltran in his promotional debut and earned ‘Knockout of the Night’ honors for disposing of Phil de Fries in February.
Here is the card’s finalized roster:
Mike Brown vs. Daniel Pineda
Dan Hardy vs. Duane Ludwig
Glover Teixeira vs. Kyle Kingsbury
(FX 8PM ET/5PM PT)
Paul Sass vs. Jacob Volkmann
Jason “Mayhem” Miller vs. C.B. Dollaway
Edson Barboza vs. Evan Dunham
Diego Brandao vs. Darren Elkins
(Pay-Per-View 10PM ET/7PM PT)
Shane Del Rosario vs. Stipe Miocic
Stephan Struve vs. Mark Hunt
Roy Nelson vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva
Frank Mir vs. Junior dos Santos (UFC Heavyweight Champion)