The earth beneath the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada will tremble beneath the weight of the UFC’s first modern day all-heavyweight main card Saturday night. UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Mir showcases some of the top heavyweight talent in the world, with the likes of massive Dutchman “Skyscraper” Stefan Struve (23-5) and Strikeforce transplant “Big” Lavar Johnson (17-5) starting off the Pay-Per-View broadcast, followed by a pairing of undefeated heavy hitters Shane Del Rosario (11-0) and former NAAFS champion Stipe Miocic (8-0). IFL veteran “Big Country” Roy Nelson (16-7) takes on eccentric striker “Pee Wee” Dave Herman (21-3) leading into the co-main event between former UFC heavyweight king Cain Velasquez (9-1) and Brazilian behemoth “Bigfoot” Antonio Silva (16-3). The marquee match-up of the evening pits UFC Heavyweight Champion “Cigano” Junior Dos Santos (14-1) against two-time UFC champ Frank Mir (16-5), both of whom are intent on bringing home the 12lbs. gold strap. Already a landmark event on the UFC’s timeline and one of the most anticipated cards of 2012 thus far, UFC 146 has all the makings of going down in the books as a fan favorite. Below, the MMA Gospel crew takes a stab at predicting how the night will play out.
Weigh-ins start at about 19:30 mark. (Video courtesy of Zuffa, LLC.)
—MAIN CARD (on Pay-Per-View)—
Junior Dos Santos: 239lbs.
Frank Mir: 261lbs.
Cain Velasquez: 240lbs.
Antonio Silva: 264lbs.
Roy Nelson: 254lbs.
Dave Herman: 233lbs.
Shane Del Rosario: 246lbs.
Stipe Miocic: 245lbs.
Lavar Johnson: 248lbs.
Stefan Struve: 255lbs.
—MAIN CARD (on MTV2)—
Heavyweight Championship Title Fight
Cole Konrad vs. Eric Prindle: Konrad via Submission (Kimura), Round 1, 1:00
Season 6 Lightweight Tournament Final Fight
Rick Hawn vs. Brent Weedman: Hawn via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27), Round 3, 5:00
Season 6 Bantamweight Tournament Semi-Final Fight
Luis Nogueira vs. Hiroshi Nakamura: Nogueira via TKO (Punches), Round 3, 1:58
Catchweight (157lbs.) Feature Fight
Rich Clementi vs. Derek Campos: Clementi via Submission (Guillotine Choke), Round 1, 4:18
A week after the Strikeforce World Heavyweight Grand Prix rocked the world with a stellar night of MMA action, the UFC heavyweights will step into the spotlight to show why they are the best in the world. With an all-heavyweight main card, UFC 146 will take the stage at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. “Big” Lavar Johnson (17-5) will return to action just three weeks after his winning sophomore effort in the UFC to face “Skyscraper” Stefan Struve (23-5) in the opening bout. Following that, undefeated prospect Stipe Miocic (8-0) will go toe to toe with unbeaten journeyman Shane Del Rosario (11-0) and “Big Country” Roy Nelson (16-7) will face heavy-handed “Pee Wee” Dave Herman (21-3). The co-main will feature “Bigfoot” Antonio Silva’s (16-3) UFC debut against former champ Cain Velasquez (9-1) and the main event will see Frank Mir (16-5) attempt to secure his third UFC heavyweight title by defeating the current champ, dangerous Brazilian boxing machine “Cigano” Junior Dos Santos (14-1).