The following fight bonuses were awarded for UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Mir
Submission of the Night:
Stefan Struve (over Lavar Johnson) receives $70,000
Paul Sass (over Jacob Volkmann) receives $70,000
Knockout of the Night:
Roy Nelson (over Dave Herman) receives $70,000
Dan Hardy (over Duane Ludwig) receives $70,000
Fight of the Night:
No “FOTN” bonuses were awarded this time.
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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.
With the stacked UFC 146 heavyweight card on the horizon for this Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas being possibly the best card in recent memory, MMA Gospel once again looks to the preliminary card in search of the most promising prospects. Typically it isn’t a difficult task to find a fighter on the undercard that offers something special and is lesser known among MMA fans, however, when an undercard offers the high caliber talents usually reserved for Pay-Per-Views, including a bout destined to be a war between “The Outlaw” Dan Hardy (23-10) and “Bang” Duane Ludwig (29-12), it was no easy feat. While the world is focused on the main event between “Cigano” Junior Dos Santos (14-1) and Frank Mir (16-5) for the UFC Heavyweight Title, many may miss out on the undefeated British submission artist “Sassangle” Paul Sass (12-0). The Liverpool, England native does offer something special, and it’s more than just an undefeated record.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship comes live and direct with UFC 146 out of the MGM Grand Garden Arena this Saturday night. The first ever all-heavyweight main card is stacked with some of the biggest names and hardest hitters that the division has to offer. “Big” Lavar Johnson (17-5) and “Skyscraper” Stefan Struve start up the heavyweight-ridden main card. Then, undefeated prospects Stipe Miocic (8-0) and Shane Del Rosario (11-0) are set to collide. “Pee Wee” Dave Herman (21-3) takes on crowd favorite “Big Country” Roy Nelson (16-7). Before “Cigano” Junior Dos Santos (9-1) sets out to defend his title against Frank Mir (16-5) in the card’s main event, the co-main will see former champion Cain Velasquez (9-1) take on a modern day Goliath in “Bigfoot” Antonio Silva (16-3). With all the division being represented and paying attention to how the night ends, Velasquez and Silva have the perfect medium to re-establish their ground in the division as one of the most dangerous men among the heavyweights.
On May 26 the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada will shake under the weight of the all-heavyweight card, UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Mir. Headlining the collection of giants is none other than UFC Heavyweight Champion “Cigano” Junior Dos Santos (14-1) as he puts the most prized title on the line against former two-time heavyweight champion Frank Mir (16-5). Former UFC heavyweight king Cain Velasquez (9-1) returns to the cage to welcome Strikeforce veteran “Bigfoot” Antonio Silva (16-3) to the Octagon. Powerful undefeated boxer Stipe Miocic (8-0) will tee off against fellow knockout artist and M-1 and Strikeforce veteran Shane del Rosario (11-0). Opening the card and coming off his May 5 knockout over “HD” Pat Barry (7-5) looking to make it three wins in a row inside the UFC is “Big” Lavar Johnson (17-5) as he faces UFC veteran “Skyscraper” Stefan Struve (23-5). Playing the anchor role is a bout between battle-tested striker “Pee Wee” Dave Herman (21-3) and former IFL champ “Big Country” Roy Nelson (16-7) in a match that will surely put in a bid for “Fight of the Night”. Each man is looking to break into the title picture that the UFC has filled with top ten talents and each must face a stiff test to get there.
The UFC’s most prestigious prize is on the line once again as UFC Heavyweight Champion “Cigano” Junior Dos Santos (14-1) puts his deadly accurate boxing to the test against the submission arsenal of former champion Frank Mir (16-5) at UFC 146. The MGM Grand Garden Arena will also host a main card comprised entirely of heavyweights as Cain Velasquez (9-1) meets “Bigfoot” Antonio Silva (16-3), “Big Country” Roy Nelson (16-7) faces “Pee Wee” Dave Herman (21-3), and “Big” Lavar Johnson (17-5) steps up on short notice to battle “Skyscraper” Stefan Struve (23-5). Rounding out the all-heavyweight card is a clash between two titanic blue chip knockout machines in Stipe Miocic (8-0) and Shane Del Rosario (11-0). In the undefeated pair’s combined 19 bouts, one will find 14 knockouts, four submissions, and 14 first-round finishes with only one decision. The term “finisher” is thrown around quite liberally in MMA these days when hyping a fight, but these two men embody the title and the fans can expect nothing less than a brutal stoppage when they meet.
Alas, the return of Spilled Bag of Ice and Patrick Guera! This time the guys chat it up about Nick Diaz’s medical condition and the ridiculousness of athletic commissions, Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier, the epic battle between “The Korean Zombie” and Dustin Poirier, and the upcoming all-heavyweight and all-awesome UFC 146.
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