Five new bouts have been added to UFC 146 scheduled for Saturday, May 26, at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. A report on UFC.com late Wednesday states that all five bouts have been verbally agreed to.
Following the dissolution of the Strikeforce heavyweight division, unbeaten big man Shane Del Rosario (11-0) will make his UFC debut against BJJ black belt Gabriel Gonzaga (13-6). Del Rosario has 11 wins and 11 finishes; eight by knockout, three by submission.
Rosario’s last fight was in Feb. 2011 when he scored a first round armbar submission win over Lavar Johnson. He was scheduled to fight Daniel Cormier in June of last year but was sidelined after suffering a herniated disc in an automobile accident.
Gonzaga made his UFC return in January with a first round rear-naked choke submission win over Ednaldo Oliveira at UFC 142. It was his first submission win inside the UFC Octagon since 2008 when he submitted Justin McCully via Americana at UFC 86.
Also added to UFC 146 is a welterweight match-up between Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy (23-10, 1 NC) and Duane “Bang” Ludwig (21-12). With four straight losses Hardy is in dire straits. Exciting fights or not, another loss is practically guaranteed to send him packing. Ludwig had won two in a row before being submitted by Josh Neer at UFC on FX in January.
TUF 14 winner Diego Brandao (14-7) will take on Darren Elkins (13-2) at featherweight, Jacob “Christmas” Volkmann (14-2) puts his five fight winning streak on the line against unbeaten British submission specialist Paul Sass (12-0) in a lightweight tilt, and 32-year-old BJJ black belt Glover Teixeira (17-2) makes his UFC debut against Kyle Kingsbury (11-3) at light heavyweight.
For the complete UFC 146 card as it currently stands see ProMMAnow.com’s Upcoming Events page.