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Gabriel Gonzaga Named New Opponent for Roy Nelson at UFC 146

The shuffling of UFC 146 continues, as Gabriel Gonzaga has been named the new opponent for Roy Nelson on the all-heavyweight main card. Gonzaga was originally scheduled to face off against Shane del Rosario, who is now looking for a new opponent. UFC 146 goes down on May 26th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Gonzaga (13-6) returned to the UFC after a 14 month layoff, following his release after UFC 121 in October 2010. “Napao” returned to the Octagon to take on fellow Brazilian Edinaldo Oliveira. Gonzaga made quick work of him, as he defeated Oliveira via rear-naked choke in the first round. This was Gonzaga’s first win in the UFC since August 2009, when he defeated Chris Tucscherer at UFC 102 via first round TKO.

He will take on Nelson, who was out of an opponent after former opponent Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva stepped in for Frank Mir to take on Cain Velasquez, as Frank Mir stepped in for Alistair Overeem to take on Junior dos Santos for the UFC heavyweight title.

Shane del Rosario is expected to remain on the card, but is now without an opponent. The former Strikeforce heavyweight will be making his UFC debut at the event.

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