Nelson vs Miocic set for June 15th card
With the Renan Barao and Eddie Wineland being scrapped from UFC 161, the promotion has decided that the event could use a heaping dose of heavyweights. Luckily for them "Big Country" is already primed and ready to go.
USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with UFC President Dana White that Nelson and Miocic have agreed to meet on the main card of the event, which takes place June 15 at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Rashad Evans (17-3-1 MMA, 12-3-1 UFC) vs. Dan Henderson (29-9 MMA, 6-3 UFC) now headlines the card.
Miocic had been expected to face Australian heavyweight Soa Palelei (18-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC), who is now left without an opponent. Palelei will now serve as a backup opponent should any injuries disrupt UFC 161's heavyweight bouts of Nelson vs. Miocic or Pat Barry vs. Shawn Jordan.
The match up selection for Nelson is a bit odd as it was expected that portly heavyweight would be facing off against a top-ranked opponent next. However, there's no denying that the added bout will give UFC 161 another dose of name value and highlight reel KO potential.