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Trifecta of Fights Announced for UFC 146, Including del Rosario vs. Gonzaga

UFC 146 is quickly filling up, with three more bouts announced for the Memorial Day weekend card in Las Vegas on May 26th. Recently announced bouts for the card include The Ultimate Fighter season 14 winner Diego Brandao taking on fellow featherweight Darren Elkins, along with Shane del Rosario making his UFC debut against former title contender Gabriel Gonzaga.

Another fighter making his UFC debut at UFC 146 will be recently signed light heavyweight Glover Teixeira, who is scheduled to take on Kyle Kingsbury.

Teixeira (17-2) enters the UFC on a 15 fight win streak, dating back to March 2005. He has been in talks with the UFC for the past year, but was unable to sign at an earlier date due to Visa issues. He will enter the Octagon against former TUF contestant Kingsbury (11-3-1), who last fought at UFC 139 in November. Kingsbury lost to Stephan Bonnar via decision, ending a 4 fight win streak.

Diego Brandao (14-7) will be fighting for the first time since winning the 14th season of The Ultimate Fighter in December. In that fight, he defeated Dennis Bermudez via armbar in the first round, and earned both “Fight of the Night” and “Submission of the Night” bonuses for his performance.

Brandao will take on Darren Elkins (13-2), who fights for the first time since a decision win over Zhang Tiequan at UFC 136 in October. He is 3-1 in the UFC, which includes a win over Duane Ludwig.

Undefeated Shane del Rosario will be the other fighter aside from Teixeira making his UFC debut, following a 3-0 record in Strikeforce. He was scheduled to face Daniel Cormier in June, but an April car accident forced him to withdraw from the bout. This will be his first fight since the accident, with his most recent fight, a win over Lavar Johnson, taking place two months before the accident.

Del Rosario will step inside the Octagon with Gabriel Gonzaga (13-6), who made his return to the UFC in January after a being released from the organization in October 2010. Gonzaga defeated undefeated heavyweight prospect Edinaldo Oliveira at UFC 142, defeating the sparring partner of UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos via rear naked choke in the first round.

UFC 146 is expected to take place May 26th at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main event is expected to be a championship fight between Junior dos Santos and Alistair Overeem for the UFC heavyweight championship.

Other announced matchups include Jason “Mayhem” Miller taking on C.B. Dollaway and Evan Dunham taking on Edson Barboza.

Pictured: Gabriel Gonzaga

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