(Velasquez’s tattoos include an ’88′ on his back that’s brown-nationalist code for “Heil Homies”.)
In terms of sheer mass, UFC 146 (May 26th, Las Vegas) is shaping up to be the biggest card of the year. Already headlined by the heavyweight title fight between Junior Dos Santos and Alistair Overeem, and also featuring Big Country vs. Bigfoot and Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Shane Del Rosario, another pivotal large-man matchup has now been added to the event.
UFC president Dana White has confirmed that the rumored bout between former champions Cain Velasquez and Frank Mir has been verbally agreed to for UFC 146, and will officially be a #1 contender’s match in the heavyweight division. In other words, the winner of JDS vs. Overeem will know his next opponent that same night.
It will be the first Octagon appearance for Cain Velasquez since he lost his title to Dos Santos last November at UFC on FOX 1. Velasquez was coming back from a long shoulder-injury layoff at the time, so that 64-second defeat was the only cage-time he logged in 2011.
Mir is on a three-fight win-streak overall, including a knockout win against Mirko Cro Cop, a unanimous decision win against Roy Nelson, and his spectacular comeback win against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 140, where Mir snapped Big Nog’s arm with a kimura after getting rocked on his feet.