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UFC 146 Heavyweight Shuffle: Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Silva Confirmed as Co-Headliner

(“So this ‘acromegaly‘ shit…do they carry it at GNC?”)

When Frank Mir was called up to replace Alistair Overeem in UFC 146‘s main event, former heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez was briefly left without an opponent on the card. But over the weekend, Dana White announced that Antonio Silva will be stepping up to replace Mir against Velasquez. The fight will serve as the co-main event for UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Mir, which goes down May 26th in Las Vegas.

Antonio Silva will be making his UFC debut against Velasquez, and hasn’t competed since his knockout loss to Daniel Cormier in the semi-finals of Strikeforce’s heavyweight tournament last September. As for Silva’s original opponent Roy Nelson, Big Country is still expected to remain on the card though a replacement opponent hasn’t been named yet. The current lineup for UFC 146 is after the jump…

PPV Main Card
Junior dos Santos vs. Frank Mir (for UFC heavyweight championship)
Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Silva (HW)
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Shane del Rosario (HW)
Mark Hunt vs. Stefan Struve (HW)
Roy Nelson vs. TBA (HW)

Preliminary card (FX)
Diego Brandao vs. Darren Elkins (FW)
Evan Dunham vs. Edson Barboza (LW)
Jason Miller vs. C.B. Dollaway (MW)
Jacob Volkmann vs. Paul Sass (LW)

Preliminary Card (Facebook)
Dan Hardy vs. Duane Ludwig (WW)
Kyle Kingsbury vs. Glover Teixeira (LHW)
Mike Brown vs. Daniel Pineda (FW)

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linzhanbl- April 23, 2012 at 7:20 pm
SonOfSerbia- April 23, 2012 at 6:01 pm
bump Roy Nelson off the main card and lets see Barboza vs tired of seeing Roy constantly battered and bloody at the end of each fight. Give him Cheick Kongo or Mark Hunt or Big Ben because Fatboy cant hang with the top 5 guys in the division
The_Dragon_Machida- April 23, 2012 at 5:42 pm
Instead of Frank Mir Cain will be facing FRANKENSTEIN!!
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The12ozCurls- April 23, 2012 at 8:01 am
Damn, I know both fighters have not exactly been succeful lately, but Dan Hardy vs. Duane Ludwig is a curtain jerker on the Facebook prelims. Shit, I actually want to see that fight. Where is the Gambling Enabler? I got $50 that it doesn't go to the judges.
RwilsonR- April 23, 2012 at 7:46 am
Kind of a big risk stacking a card with HW matches, isn't it? If they don't end in a lot of 1st rd knock outs, we might need a couple of featherweight or bantamweight fights thrown in to wake us up.
Fried Taco- April 23, 2012 at 7:45 am
Is Chad Griggs available?
The12ozCurls- April 23, 2012 at 8:03 am
No, Griggs is unavailable but his sideburns have already stated they will take the fight with Roy.
Fried Taco- April 23, 2012 at 10:10 am
I don't know about that, his sideburns didn't do anything to try and stop that choke.
RwilsonR- April 23, 2012 at 7:42 am
Would have preferred to see Wereum vs Velasquez, but oh well.
Why don't they get that Fedor guy? He isn't up to anything worthwhile these days, is he?
Get Off Me- April 23, 2012 at 6:56 am
*WARNING*: Be wary of doctors prescribing anti-inflamatory meds laced with testosterone. I feel so so bad that Alistair was a victim of this terrible practice. Do not let it happen to you my CP friends.
Kimbo Lesnar- April 23, 2012 at 6:39 am
Expect a retraction document from my lawyers regarding your article stating that Acromagaly can be purchased at GNC! Also, I am a whiny little bitch with no sense of humour.
Jaycorr- April 23, 2012 at 6:35 am
I will not watch Mir get his ass kicked by JDS. This card is no longer worth watching, good going overeem
Fletch the V Stretch- April 23, 2012 at 7:04 am
Then I hope you didn't watch JJ vs Rashad Saturday night. That fight was a fucking snooze fest. JDS vs Mir will most likely be 5 times as exciting as the crap I watched Saturday.
Shifty-Eyed Dog- April 23, 2012 at 6:24 am
When is Matt Mitrione ever going to fight again? I'd love to see him and Big Country go at it.
blackboxmma- April 23, 2012 at 6:23 am
Hunt Vs Nelson would make a better fight.