UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Overeem Memorial weekend in Vegas continues to entice as the promotion adds three more bouts to the card. Undefeated Strikeforce prospect Shane Del Rosario (11-0) will make his UFC debut against the recently returned Gabriel Gonzaga (13-6). Also, Diego Brandao vs. Darren Elkins has been made official for the card, along with Kyle Kingsbury vs. Glover Teixeira.
Two-time Muay Thai champion Shane Del Rosario has experienced nothing but success in his transition to MMA as he has taken out 10 of 11 of his opponents in the first round. Del Rosario will be dealing with a lengthy layoff following a car accident with a drunk driver that left the young talent with a herniated disc, requiring a long rehab.
Gonzaga was recently seen making a successful return to the UFC as well as his roots as he submitted formerly undefeated Ednaldo Olivera with ease in front of his hometown in Brazil.
The Ultimate Fighter 14 winner, Diego Brandao (14-7) was last seen taking out Dennis Bermudez via submission in a back-and-forth barn burner at the shows finale to claim the contract. That same night, Brandao also earned an astounding $80,000 in “Fight of the Night” and “Submission of the Night” bonuses.
The lightweight turned featherweight, Darren Elkins has shown that the drop was an intelligent one with back-to-back victories over Tiequan Zhang and Michihiro Omigawa.
AKA’s Kyle Kingsbury (11-3) will be looking to get back to winning against Teixeira. After losing to Stephan Bonnar at UFC 139 Kingsbury has made adjustments. Prior to the loss, Kingsbury had been riding a four-fight winstreak in the division.
The newly added Brazilian black belt prospect Glover Teixeira is highly toted as he carries a current 15-fight winstreak, spanning over six years. The 32-year-old has taken out UFC vets Marvin Eastman, Thierry Sokoudjou, and Ricco Rodriguez. Majority of all his fights have been by finish with 11 knockouts and four submissions.