Be sure to tune in on Pay-per-View tonight Saturday 5/26/12 at 7pm/10pm PT/ET for a UFC event that will determine the Heavyweight championship. Here’s the weigh in video for the event.
With less than a week left for the Saturday, May 26 Pay-per-View event airing live at 7pm/10pm PT/ET the UFC is underway for another spectacular event. Notable fights include a heavyweight title fight, a UFC debut of Antonio Silva, and much more. Even the prelims airing on FX and Facebook look very appealing, so be sure to tune in.
Pay-per-View 7pm/10pm PT/ET
Heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos (14-1-0) vs Frank Mir (16-5-0)
Cain Valasquez (9-1-0) vs Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva (16-3-0)
Roy Nelson (17-7-0) vs Dave Herman (21-3-0)
Stipe Miocic (8-0-0) vs Shane Del Rosario (11-0-0)
Stefan Struve (27-5-0) vs Lavar Johnson (17-5-0)
Airing on Fox
Diego Brandao (19-7-0) vs Darren Elkins (14-2-0)
Edson Barboza (10-0-0) vs Jamie Varner (19-6-1, 2NC)
Jason ‘Mayham’ Miller (24-9-0, 1NC) vs CB Dollaway (12-5-0)
Dan Hardy (23-10-0, 1NC) vs Duane Ludwig (29-12-0)
Airing live on Facebook
Jacob Volkmann (14-2-0) vs Paul Sass (12-0-0)
Kyle Kingsbury (11-3-0, 1NC) vs Glover Teixeira (17-2-0)
Mike Brown (25-8-0) vs Daniel Pineda (17-7-0)
That’s correct fight fans, it appears Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva (16-3) will make his UFC debut against former heavyweight champion Cane Valasquez (9-1).
Cane Valasquez was originally slated to fight Frank Mir, at UFC 146, until the Nevada State Athletic Commission confirmed that Alistair Overeem had tested positive for elevated testosterone levels. This news made Overeem ineligible to fight in the event and the UFC decided to give Mir a title shot.
With Mir fighting Junior Dos Santos, for the belt, Cane needed a new opponent, that’s where ‘Bigfoot’ comes in. Antonio Silva has many notable victories, including recent wins over Fedor Emelianenko, and Mike Kyle in Strikeforce. Silva was the first and last EliteXC Heavyweight Champion and the 2011 Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinalist.
It appears Dana White has made the announcement official as he tweeted this late last night, “May 26th is now Mir vs. JDS for the HW title in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand,”.
This announcement comes on the heels of the disclosure that Alistair Overeem (36-11, 1NC) has tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone following the UFC 146 press conference on March 27 that showed Overeem’s levels to be more than twice the allotted limit. Frank Mir (16-5), originally scheduled to fight Cain Valasquez (9-1) at UFC 146 in an undercard bout, will now replace Alistair Overeem to fight for the belt, this time, against the current heavyweight champion, Junior Dos Santos (14-1). No opponent for Cain Valasquez has yet been announced.
Frank Mir is coming off a three win fight streak where he has victories over Mirko Filipovic, Big Country and most recently the brutal arm break of Nogueira. Mir is no newcomer to a UFC title, however. Mir first won the heavyweight title against Tim Sylvia (30-7) at UFC 48, by way of armbar. Following the victory Mir suffered a tragic motorcycle accident and spent a bit of time on the mend. Mir has since recaptured the title only to lose it right after to Brock Lesnar (5-3).
Dos Santos took out Cain Valasquez in an astonishing 64 second, 1st round knockout on the UFC on Fox debut, to earn his championship. Junior Dos Santos is undefeated in the UFC and holds notable wins over Cain Valasquez, Shane Carwin,Roy Nelson, and Gabriel Gonzaga. Only 2 of Junior’s professional fights have ever made it to decision.