Two new matches have been announced for UFC 146 after injury has once more rocked the card.
Roy Nelson will now go toe-to-toe with Dave 'Pee Wee' Herman in a heavyweight battle, after being originally slated to take on Antonio 'Big Foot' Silva. Silva was then moved up to a fight with Cain Velasquez, only for Silva's replacement Gabriel Gonzaga to withdraw with a back injury.
Herman will go into his third UFC match against Nelson with a 1-1 record, having previously downed John-Olav Einemo via TKO at UFC 131 in June, and losing to Stefan Struve in the same manner at a UFC on Fuel TV event in February. Ultimate Fighter season 10 winner Nelson, whose last match was a loss to Fabricio Werdum at UFC 143, concedes some five inches in height to Herman.
The other change to the line-up sees Jamie Varner make his return to UFC. The lightweight fighter and former WEC lightweight champion has been signed to replace Evan Dunham and take on Edson Barboza.
Barboza is 4-0 since debuting in UFC last March, and 10-0 overall in MMA, with Terry Etim, Ross Pearson, Anthony Njokuani and Mike Lullo among his UFC casualties. Varner sports a 19-6-1 record and is 1-1 in UFC. His last two matches ended in victories, submitting Drew Fickett in February, and beating Nate Jolly in October at the XFC 14 Resurrection event.
UFC 146 will emanate from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 26th 2012.