The UFC today plugged the remaining gaps in their UFC 146 fight card after Antonio Silva was moved up to co-main event status to face Cain Velasquez on the May 26th show.
That left Silva’s original opponent Roy Nelson without a fight and so the UFC have now moved up Gabe Gonzaga to face him on the main card.
Gonzaga hinted that he was going to retirement from the sport after back-to-back losses against Junior Dos Santos and Brendan Schaub in the UFC in 2010, but he’s since had a change of heart and picked up a submission win over Edinaldo Oliviera back in January in Brazil at UFC 142.
Nelson also needs to turn around his fortunes as he’s claimed victory in just one of his last four fights in the promotion, so his future could be riding on securing a win over Gonzaga.
Gonzaga’s switch to fight Nelson left another hole to be filled on next month’s card as Gonzaga had originally been scheduled to fight former Strikeforce fighter Shane Del Rosario at UFC 146.
The final piece of the puzzle has now been put into place however with Stipe Miocic now drafted in to fight Del Rosario.
Miocic joined the UFC last year and has so far notched up two victories over Joey Beltran and Phil De Freis to go 10-0 overall for his pro-career.
Del Rosario is also an up and coming star with an unbeaten 11-0 record so despite all the disruption to the card this has actually turned out to be a good bit of matchmaking.