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Posted on February 20, 2012 by John Petit
The UFC has added 2 more fights for UFC 146. Recently they announced that the Heavyweight Championship would be on the line at UFC 146 where Overeem will challenge reigning Champion Junior dos Santos, but the UFC isn’t stopping there. Expected to take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 26, the annual Memorial Day weekend card is stacking up. In a lightweight bout Edson Barboza will be taking on Evan Dunham, and it wouldn’t be surprising to find out the winner is either next for a shot at the title or one fight a way.
Evan Dunham entered the UFC winning his first four fights, but fell short in a close split decision to Sean Sherk, and a TKO loss to Melvin Guillard. Since he has put together wins over Nik Lentz and Shamar Bailey. He finished Lentz via doctor stoppage when it was deemed Lentz couldn’t answer the bell for the third round because of an eye injury. The bout earned him and Lentz fight of night honors, and bonus checks.
Edson Barboza is riding some momentum as well, and he is doing it in style. One can hardly forget his spinning wheel kick knock out win over Terry Etim. The kick earned him KO of the night bonus, but it even found its way to ESPN top 10 plays of the night, and weekend. According to Rogan, that was the first heel kick ko in UFC history. The former kick boxer has a kick boxing record of 25-3, and 22 of those wins came via knock out. The former Ring Of Combat champion has never been defeated winning ten fights, and finishing 8 out of them.
It’s hard to predict where exactly this will end up on the card, but a middleweight match between Jason “Mayhem” Miller and C.B. Dollaway will also take place at UFC 146. Even though its only his second fight back in the UFC, one has to assume Miller is fighting for his job after his performance versus Michael Bisping. With a record of 24-8 overall, Miller currently is 0-2 in the UFC, but his first one was against Georges St. Pierre. Miller admittedly looked awful in the fight, and has changed up his striking training since losing the coaches fight from the last Ultimate Fighter.
C.B. Dollaway is probably fighting for his job as well. He really broke out of his shell on The Ultimate Fighter Season 7 where he was the runner, but he then put together a run winning 5 of his first 6 UFC fights. Then it seemed like the wheels came off for Dollaway, as he dropped back to to back fights via knock out to Mark Munoz and Jarred Hamman. This fight will be his first fight back after a 9 month lay off. The Arizona State wrestler needs this win at the very least to try and stay relevant in the middleweight division, but as mentioned he may need it for his job security as well.