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UFC 146 Injury Switcheroo: Roy Nelson Now Facing Dave Herman, Jamie Varner Returns Against Edson Barboza

(Just don’t come between Dave and his cubs.)

A pair of injuries have led to even more changes to the already chaotic UFC 146 lineup. As confirmed last night, heavyweight Gabriel Gonzaga has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled fight against Roy Nelson, and will be replaced by Dave Herman, who suffered a TKO loss to Stefan Struve in his last Octagon appearance. This is the second opponent switch for Nelson, who was originally supposed to face Antonio Silva on the “Dos Santos vs. Mir” card.

Meanwhile in the prelims, lightweight contender Evan Dunham is out of his fight against undefeated rising star Edson Barboza, and will be replaced by former WEC champ Jamie Varner. Since exiting the WEC after going 0-3-1 in 2010, Varner has won three of four fights outside the Zuffa fold, most recently stopping Drew Fickett in 40 seconds at XFC 16. However, all of Varner’s recent fights have come at 160-170 pounds, and one of those matches resulted in a loss to Dakota Cochrane, of all people. Will Varner be at a disadvantage trying to make 155 again on short notice? Will it even matter, considering that Barboza vs. Varner is the biggest UFC squash match of the year?

UFC 146 goes down May 26th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The current (but probably not final) lineup is after the jump…

Main Card (PPV)
Junior dos Santos vs. Frank Mir
Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Silva
Shane del Rosario vs. Stipe Miocic
Roy Nelson vs. Dave Herman
Mark Hunt vs. Stefan Struve

Preliminary Card (FX)
Diego Brandao vs. Darren Elkins
Edson Barboza vs. Jamie Varner
Jason Miller vs. C.B. Dollaway
Jacob Volkmann vs Paul Sass

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

(Varner does his happy-dance after scoring the only UFC win of his career, against Jason Gilliam back at UFC 68 in March 2007.)

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Rampages Conscience- May 2, 2012 at 5:05 pm
Call me crazy but I am calling Varner over Barboza. Barboza takes too long to finish and Varner still has the ability to fight like an elite fighter.
Sopapo- May 2, 2012 at 2:07 pm
Glover-Barboza-Hunt-Nelson-Del Rosario-Velasquez-Dos Santos. Im going to be freaking rich.
Get Off Me- May 2, 2012 at 10:33 am
Varner's gonna do the beginning of his dance against Barboza. Glover-Hunt-Nelson-Miocic-Barboza parlay.
Sopapo- May 2, 2012 at 8:52 am
Verner and Dave herman? Easiest to pick against on my parlay...
Gobbleston- May 2, 2012 at 8:22 am
Was it sasquatch?!! Unless it was shit, I'm super impressed if your opponent guessed it. They need to stop fucking around with their injuries God dammit. Every time something happens to this card, my interest in buying the ppv wavers. However, Herman is way more exciting than Gonzaga. I just hope Roy doesn’t lay on him like the moon. How do you get the moon off of you?
Fried Taco- May 2, 2012 at 7:49 am
I just drew a picture of Dave in DrawSomething yesterday. Guess what the word was...
Restn- May 2, 2012 at 2:44 pm