The music has stopped. And this time Roy Nelson has a seat at the UFC 146 fight card table after a weekend reshuffle left him without a dance parter.
He can thank Gabriel Gonzaga ... and maybe even Shane del Rosario.
"Napao" has agreed to replace Antonio Silva -- who was promoted to a fight against Cain Velasquez when Alistair Overeem was removed from the main event -- and battle "Big Country" on the pay-per-view (PPV) main card from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 26, 2012.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White today made the announcement, which gets the historic UFC 146 all-Heavyweight PPV main card closer to complete for the Memorial Day mixed martial arts (MMA) weekend extravaganza.
Gonzaga's original UFC 146 opponent, the aforementioned del Rosario, (for now) appears to be the latest odd man out.
Gonzaga recently emerged from premature retirement after consecutive UFC losses to Junior dos Santos and Brendan Schaub in 2010. He came back to win a tune up fight against Parker Porter via submission in Oct. 2011 and then put his top-notch Brazilian jiu-jitsu skills to work once again when he tapped Ednaldo Oliveira with a rear naked choke at UFC 142 earlier this year.
Nelson, meanwhile, is a mediocre 3-3 inside the Octagon. After retiring a debilitated Mirko Filipovic at last year's UFC 137, he was battered and bruised across three rounds by Fabricio Werdum at UFC 143 just over a month ago, prompting White to once again ask him to lose some weight.
Didn't happen despite a social media campaign to get him down to Light Heavyweight.
UFC 146 will now feature a main event between Junior dos Santos vs. Frank Mir, while Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Silva will serve as the co-featured fight of the night. Mark Hunt vs. Stefan Struve is also slated for primetime, and it would seem that the promotion would bring in a fresh big body on short notice to take on del Rosario to keep the heavyweight gimmick alive.
Travis Browne, anyone?
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