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UFC 146 gets heavier

Yesterday, it was officially announced that the main event at UFC 146 would be the heavyweight championship fight between Junior dos Santos and Alistair Overeem, but they won’t be the only heavyweights on the card.  Today it was revealed that fighters Frank Mir and Cain Velasquez have verbally agreed to compete in a No. 1 contender fight at the event.  Mir is riding a three-fight winning streak where he has defeated Mirko Cro Cop, Roy Nelson and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.  Velasquez lost in his last fight while defending the heavyweight championship against dos Santos.

Heavyweights Roy “Big Country” Nelson and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva have also verbally agreed to face one another at the event.  Both fighters suffered losses in their last fights, as “Big Country” lost a decision to Fabricio Werdum and “Bigfoot” was knocked out in the semi-finals of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix by Daniel Cormier.  The fight will be Silva’s debut in the Octagon.

UFC 146 will take place on May 26 in Las Vegas.

Source: UFC
Bellator 67 main event announced

The main event at Bellator 67 will be a superfight between lightweight champion Michael Chandler and Akihiro Gono.  Chandler burst onto the MMA scene in 2011 after winning the promotion’s season-four lightweight tournament and earned a shot at champion Eddie Alvarez in the process.  In what was considered one of the best fights of the year, Chandler secured a fourth-round rear-naked choke which earned him the championship.  Now the Xtreme Couture fighter will have a chance to fight for the first time as the champion.

Entering the Bellator cage for the first time to take on Chandler will be Pride, UFC and Sengoku veteran Akihiro Gono.  “The Japanese Sensation” holds a professional record of 32-17-7, with victories over Gegard Mousasi and Bellator middleweight champion Hector Lombard from his time with Pride.

The two will square off in a three-round, non-title bout.

Bellator 67 will take place on May 4 at Casino Roma in Ontario, Canada.

Welterweight fight for Bellator 67 announced

While the headliner at Bellator 67 will be a superfight between Gono and Chandler, there has also been a welterweight fight announced for the fight card.  Ryan Ford will make his promotional debut against Luis Santos at the event.

Ford currently holds a professional record of 17-4 with nine victories by knockout and seven by submission while Santos holds a professional record of 50-7-1.

Photo: Frank Mir (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

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Brian McKenna was born and raised in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts. A sports nut from as long as he can remember, he came to be a fan of Mixed Martial Arts from a roommate watching The Ultimate Fighter while attending Westfield State College. Brian came to writing by starting his own blog, Four Down Territory, which focuses on Boston based sports, life, and of course MMA.