If you’re in Las Vegas this Tuesday March 27th at 11am, go the MGM Grand.
UFC officials recently announced a press conference for UFC 146 and they are bringing out the heavy hitters.
UFC 146 airs Saturday May 26th live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena. For the first time in the history of the company, the entire main card is built up of heavyweight fighters. In fact, UFC President Dana White had this to say about the historic event: “Our Memorial Day weekend events in Las Vegas are always big, but Junior dos Santos vs. Alistair Overeem is one of the most exciting heavyweight fights ever! The all-heavyweight main card features five guys ranked in the top 10. This is the most heavyweights on a UFC card in history. You don’t want to miss this!”
DW isn’t exaggerating in the least. Underneath the heavyweight title fight in the main event, there’s a slew of top heavyweight contenders looking to make a name for themselves. Most notably is the co-main event for the #1 contender’s spot featuring former champions Frank Mir and Cain Velasquez. Rounding out the card is TUF 10 winner Roy Nelson vs. Strikeforce import Antonio Silva, former UFC title challenger Gabriel Gonzaga vs. undefeated Shane Del Rosario and the UFC’s tallest fighter Stefan Struve vs. heavy handed Mark Hunt.
In a sport that loves their heavyweight fighters, the night’s main event is perhaps the biggest heavyweight championship fight in UFC history. Current champion Junior Dos Santos has absolutely steamrolled his heavyweight counterparts, getting top notch competition since his very first fight. Here’s JDS’s UFC fight career in chronological order from his first fight at UFC 90: Fabricio Werdum, Stefan Struve, Mirko Cro Cop, Gilbert Yvel, Gabriel Gonzaga, Roy Nelson, Shane Carwin and Cain Velasquez. 4 of those opponents appear on the main card of UFC 146 and Dos Santos defeated all eight. When asked about his title defence on memorial day weekend, the champion spoke confidently about his chances: “My dream was to become the champion, the minute Dana strapped that belt around my waist, my dream got bigger. I’m not here to be a one or two-defense champion; I’m here to stay. On May 26, there’s going to be a heavyweight striking war and someone is getting knocked out.”
Alistair Overeem however is a world class elite striker and former K1 World Grand Prix champion. He’s also the only fighter in combat sports to hold a major title in both MMA and kickboxing simultaneously. Currently Overeem is riding high on a 12 fight undefeated streak and a recent destruction of former champion Brock Lesnar. Overeem also spoke with confidence when asked about his opportunity for gold: “The most important objective in my life right now is to not only become the UFC heavyweight champion, but to go on and reign as champion for years. I want to be remembered as the greatest heavyweight in the history of the sport. Dos Santos is a very good boxer,” he continued. “I think he is the best boxer in the division and he poses some very interesting problems. But I already know how I will beat him. I will become the new UFC heavyweight champion of the world at UFC 146.”
The UFC 146 press conference is free and open to the public at 11am Tuesday March 27th in the main lobby of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. At the presser will be Dana White, Junior Dos Santos, Alistair Overeem, Cain Velasquez, Frank Mir, Roy Nelson and Antonio Silva. If you’re in Vegas this week, this is definitely a press conference you don’t want to miss.
Tickets for UFC® 146: DOS SANTOS vs. OVEREEM, presented by BUD LIGHT®, go on sale Friday, March 30 at 10 a.m. PT and are priced at $800, $600, $400, $250, $125 and $75. Tickets are available at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com orwww.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are subject to convenience and service fees.