The new, and very different, UFC 146 main card cast (from left to right): Stefan Struve, Stipe Miocic , Roy Nelson, Cain Velasquez, Junior dos Santos, Frank Mir, Antonio Silva , Dave Herman , Shane del Rosario and Lavar Johnson. Photo by Esther Lin for MMA Fighting via SBnation.com.
When former Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem found it necessary to travel to a male performance enhancement doctor in Texas to treat, of all things, an injured rib, he single-handedly shredded the "historic" UFC 146 pay-per-view (PPV) main card.
Indeed, "Demolition Man" -- who admitted under oath at a recent Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) hearing that he was injecting himself with medication that was (oops!) laced with testosterone, which caused him to fail a pre-fight drug test back on March 27, 2012 -- triggered a reshuffle that changed every single main card match up when he was unceremoniously removed from the Memorial Day weekend mixed martial arts (MMA) event.
And that was before the NSAC decided to suspend him for an additional nine months.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White rather swiftly plugged in Frank Mir, a former two-time division champion, to take on "Cigano" in the main event of the evening at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The rest of the field felt the ripple, almost immediately, but the cascading effects were not limited to "The Reem" pissing hot.
Check out the "before" and "after" UFC 146 fight card after the jump:
Before: Original UFC 146 Fight Card
UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos vs. Alistair Overeem
Cain Velasquez vs. Frank Mir
Roy Nelson vs. Antonio Silva
Shane del Rosario vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
Mark Hunt vs. Stefan Struve
After: Current UFC 146 Fight Card
UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos vs. Frank Mir
Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Silva
Roy Nelson vs. Dave Herman
Shane del Rosario vs. Stipe Miocic
Lavar Johnson vs. Stefan Struve
Clearly, the loss of Overeem, as well as the anticipation of seeing the K-1 kickboxing champion challenge for a world title inside the Octagon, is the biggest loss. He's since vowed to work his way back into a title fight in 2013, but it certainly does little right now to assuage the disappointment.
Unless, of course, the current incarnation is better than the original.
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