ANAHEIM CA - OCTOBER 22: UFC Heavyweight fighter Cain Velasquez weighs in at 244 lbs at the UFC 121 weigh-in at the Honda Center on October 22 2010 in Anaheim California. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

UFC 146 Dos Santos Vs. Mir: Cain Velasquez In Co-Main Representing Bay Area

Cain Velasquez represented the Bay Area at UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Mir, while other California connections in Dave Herman, Shane del Rosario and Jason Miller came up short. Read on for full results, and make sure to head on over to MMA Fighting and Bloody Elbow for all your needs.

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UFC 146 Results: Should Cain Velasquez Look For His Rematch Against Junior Dos Santos Right Away?

During UFC 146 on Saturday, Bay Area fighter Cain Velasquez looked spectacular dismantling Antonio Silva. It was the first fight for Velasquez since losing his UFC Heavyweight Championship to Junior dos Santos in November.

In the main event -- and the very next fight on the card -- dos Santos looked every inch as impressive as he manhandled former champ Frank Mir in his first title defense. Dos Santos looks unbeatable in the heavyweight division. Velasquez looked unbeatable against Silva. A rematch between Velasquez and dos Santos seems inevitable ... but would that be the best thing for Velasquez?

Make no mistake: Velasquez is a terrifying, dominant and supremely talented fighter. He would hands-down be the best heavyweight in the division ... if not for dos Santos. Velasquez has a chance of beating dos Santos but it seems very unlikely.

While this certainly isn't a popular opinion, it would behoove Velasquez to not force the issue of a rematch and wait until someone topples dos Santos or finds a significant flaw. UFC will likely string along the fans for a while with the promise of a rematch in order to build hype and anticipation, which is good. But Velasquez should be hoping that someone cleans dos Santos' clock before that rematch goes down.

Given how the two fighters look right at this moment, dos Santos is clearly a step above Velasquez. Cain clearly wants a rematch as soon as possible, but it would be in his best interests to step back and see how the dos Santos era plays out for a while longer.

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UFC 146 Dos Santos Vs. Mir: No Fight Of The Nght Bonus, Instead Double Bonuses For KO And Submission

Following UFC 146 on Saturday, UFC president Dana White announced -- as he always does -- who will be taking home the bonuses for the evening's highlights.

In an interesting turn of events, there was no Fight of the Night bonus awarded. Instead, the UFC opted to give out two bonuses each for Knockout of the Night and Submission of the Night. This makes a lot of sense, as the same amount of fighters will be getting bonuses, there were great KOs and subs and the few fights that went the distance weren't really that great. In fact, one of the matches -- C.B. Dollaway vs. Jason Miller -- was so bad that White took to Twitter to voice his opinion of it.

All of the bonuses for the evening were worth an additional $70,000 for the fighters. Taking home Submission of the Night honors was Stefan Struve (who may have done significant damage to Lavar Johnson with a flash armbar) and Paul Sass, who locked in a spectacular triangle armbar against Jacob Volkmann.

On the Knockout of the Night end, Dan Hardy got acknowledged for laying out Duane Ludwig and Roy Nelson was deservedly given a bonus for his thunderous right hand that dropped Dave Herman in a moment that was reminiscent of vintage Tank Abbott.

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UFC 146: The New State Of The Heavyweight Division

UFC 146 was designed to both showcase and shake up the promotion's heavyweight division and it accomplished both objectives in spades.

The morning after Saturday's event finds a division that looks much clearer than it did just a short time ago. At the top of the division remains world heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos, who looked just as good as advertised in his first title defense. His opponent, Frank Mir, did not fare nearly as well, getting brutalized and flailing around in a scary manner towards the end of the fight. Mir had been looking like he had something left in the tank. After the dos Santos fight, he is looking like he should probably start thinking about retiring for his own good.

Former champ Cain Velasquez looked even more impressive in his co-main event fight, absolutely decimating Antonio Silva and leaving "Bigfoot" a bloody mess as he completely manhandled his much larger opponent with ease. Velasquez looks bound for his rematch against dos Santos sooner, rather than later, although UFC might try to string that one along to try to build maximum anticipation.

Roy Nelson looked terrific knocking out Dave Herman with one punch. "Big Country" will always be a humongous fan favorite -- and for good reason -- but he did himself a huge favor with that shocking win, as he could now be seen as a legit threat in a pinch. There are always chances a whole string of competitors could flame out or get injured at once. Nelson would be a great stopgap opponent for a high-profile fighter if necessary. A few more wins like this one, however, could place Nelson back in the title picture as someone more than an alternate.

Shane del Rosario against Stipe Miocic was a can't-miss proposition for Dana White and the UFC: if del Rosario won in his UFC debut, he would have been an instant threat. Instead, you had Miocic winning in very impressive fashion and his undefeated record suddenly meaning a lot more. It may take one or two more fights for him to enter title discussions, but he's not on everyone's radar. His stock was certainly boosted the most of any heavyweight last night and is poised to really make his mark.

Stefan Struve proved he's one of the biggest true grappling and submission threats in the division with his freaky armbar on Lavar Johnson. While Struve is not likely to get a call for a title shot any time soon, he stays strong and continues to plug away. Struve is a much more risky example of "in case of emergency main event break glass" fighter, but he has the talent and the grappling skills that he won't be laughed out of the building if the UFC needs to pair up a name heavyweight with someone in a pinch. The Struves and Nelsons of this world should never be dismissed out of hand. They're invaluable to an MMA promotion.

So while Velasquez, dos Santos and Miocic come out of the night as the biggest winners, the UFC heavyweigt division did nothing but strengthen itself. After some lean years, the tremendous depth is extremely welcome. And of course, there's always a chance Brock Lesnar might come back.

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UFC 146 Results: Junior Dos Santos Retains Title By TKO In Round 2 As He Dominates Frank Mir

The main event of UFC 146 on Saturday night in Las Vegas featured World Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos defending his title against former champion Frank Mir.

This was dos Santos' first title defense since winning the belt from Cain Velasquez in November. He came into the fight with a record of 14-1, while Mir held a record of 16-5.

Mir went for a takedown right away, but true to form, dos Santos was able to step out of the attempt. The two men stood and traded for the rest of the round. With about 20 seconds remaining in the round, dos Santos absolutely unloaded with a flurry of blows that appeared to knock Mir out on his feet. Somehow, Mir survived to the bell.

Dos Santos knocked down Mir right away in the second round, but Mir recovered and got back to his feet. The challenger was not quite as lucky as he was knocked down again with just under two minutes remaining and we clearly loopy. dos Santos landed one more blow for good measure as the fight was waved off, awarding dos Santos the victory via TKO at 3:04 of the first round.

Here are the full results from UFC 146:

Heavyweight bout: Cain Velasquez defeats Antonio Silva via TKO (punches), 3:36 Round 1
Heavyweight bout: Roy Nelson defeats Dave Herman via KO (punch), 0:51 Round 1
Heavyweight bout: Stipe Miočić defeats Shane del Rosario via TKO (elbows), 3:14 Round 2
Heavyweight bout: Stefan Struve defeats Lavar Johnson via Submission (armbar), 1:05 Round 1

Preliminary Card on FX

Featherweight bout: Darren Elkins defeats Diego Brandao via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Lightweight bout: Jamie Varner defeats Edson Barboza via TKO (Punches), 3:23 Round 1
Middleweight bout: C.B. Dollaway defeats Jason Miller via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-26, 29-28)
Welterweight bout: Dan Hardy defeats Duane Ludwig via KO (punch and elbows) 3:51, Round 1

Preliminary Card on Facebook

Lightweight bout: Paul Sass defeats Jacob Volkmann via Submission (triangle armbar), 1:54 Round 1
Light Heavyweight bout: Glover Teixeira defeats Kyle Kingsbury via Submission (arm-triangle choke), 1:53 Round 1
Featherweight bout: Mike Brown defeats Daniel Pineda via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

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UFC 146 Dos Santos Vs. Mir Results: Cain Velasquez Destroys Antonio Silva Via Bloody First-Round TKO

The co-main event of UFC 146 in Las Vegas is in the books on Saturday night. Salinas native and former heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, who fights out of San Jose, took on Antonio Silva in one of the five heavyweight bouts that comprised the main card of the pay-per-view event.

Silva was making his UFC debut and was coming off a loss in the semifinals of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix. Silva entered with a record of 16-3, while Velasquez entered with a record of 9-1, with his last fight in November resulting in his losing the heavyweight title to current champion Junior dos Santos.

Velasquez took Silva down lickety-split from the opening bell and commenced with his trademark relentless ground and pound. Within the first two minutes, Velasquez busted open Silva's left eyebrow with a short elbow, which resulted in an impressive amount of blood. Velasquez would not let up and finally the referee called for a stoppage at 3:36 of the first round.

The TKO win was a big one for Velasquez, who is anxious to get a title rematch.

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UFC 146 Dos Santos Vs. Mir Results: Roy Nelson KOs Dave Herman With Punch In Round 1

On Saturday, the main card of the UFC 146 pay-per-view consisted entirely of heavyweight fights. True to form, the first three fights have been quick and brutal, although none more so than the third fight of the main card, which pitted Roy Nelson against Dave Herman.

"Big Country" Roy Nelson looked resplendent in a glorious beard and braided rat-tail and after a brief feeling-out process, landed a huge right hand to the side of Herman's ear that dropped the fighter to his knees, glassy-eyed. Nelson unloaded a second big shot to the side of the head while referee Steve Mazzagatti was already jumping in and waving the fight off. The finish came at just 0:51 into the first round.

Nelson improved to 17-7 with the win and retains his place as a firm fan favorite with the flash win. This fight is almost certain to garner Knockout of the Night honors for Nelson.

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UFC 146 Dos Santos Vs. Mir Results: Stipe Miocic Defeats Shane Del Rosario Via Brutal TKO In Round 2

The main card of the UFC 146 pay-per-view in Las Vegas is well underway on Saturday night. Boasting five big heavyweight bouts, the marquee division of the UFC may look very different by the time the evening is finished.

In the second fight on the main card, California fighter Shane del Rosario made his return to action after being sidelined for most of 2011 with an injury from a car accident. He took on the undefeated Stipe Miocic in a fight that would have huge ramifications for both men.

The pace of the first round was blistering, as both men kept pressing the advantage with an urgency that is unusual for heavyweights. The second round was more sedate, until things came to a brutal end. Miocic got del Rosario on the ground and worked slowly to get to half-guard, then suddenly began raining down forearms that bloodied del Rosario's face and quickly led to a referee stoppage at 3:14.

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UFC 146 Dos Santos Vs. Mir Results: Stefan Struve Forces Lavar Johnson To Tap In Round 1

The main card of UFC 146 in Las Vegas is finally underway on Saturday night. The pay-per-view, which features five heavyweight bouts, will be capped off with a main event title fight between Junior dos Santos and Frank Mir.

In the first fight on the main card, Lavar Johnson took on Stefan Struve. Johnson fights out of San Jose and was coming into his third UFC fight with two straight Knockout of the Night honors. He knew he would be facing a dangerous grappler and would need to keep the fight upright.

In the first round, Johnson got Struve to the ground and attempted to land some shots to the downed Struve while standing. Unfortunately, Struve's tremendous wrestling paid off, as he grabbed Johnson in a nasty-looking armbar and flipped over, forcing Johnson to tap at just 1:05 into the fight.

With the loss, Johnson now holds a record of 17-6.

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UFC 146 Dos Santos Vs. Mir Results: Darren Elkins, C.B. Dollaway Victorious Via Decision In FX Fights

The preliminary card is in the books for UFC 146 in Las Vegas on Saturday night. While the main card on PPV will consist of five heavyweight fights and will culminate with the main event of Junior dos Santos defending his heavyweight title against former champ Frank Mir, the undercard gave fighters in other weight classes plenty of opportunity to shine.

In the first fight broadcast on the FX network, Dan Hardy took on Duane Ludwig in a welterweight bout. The two stood and traded, clinched against the cage briefly and traded again before Hardy landed a left hook that knocked Ludwig flat. Hardy jumped on top and landed some undefended strikes before the match was waved off with Hardy declared the winner by knockout at 3:51 of the first round.

Next, C.B. Dollaway took on Jason Miller in a middleweight fight. During an extended feeling-out process, Miller slipped and Dollaway took his back, but despite keeping Miller grounded until just before the end of the round, he was unable to put him away. Miller again slipped and stumbled midway through the second round and again Dollaway took control on the ground, but was unable to finish. In the third round, Dollaway yet again took Miller's back by the time two minutes were up and the crowd was roundly booing the fight. Dolloway landed scores of unimpressive-looking shots in the last couple of minutes but couldn't put him away. This was the least-impressive one-sided fight you could see and neither man looked good here. Dollaway won the unanimous decision on scores of 29-27, 30-26, 29-28.

In lightweight action, Edson Barboza faced off against Jamie Varner. This fight was exactly what the card and the crowd needed after the previous fight. The action was fast and furious before Varner scored a huge takedown and started landing big shots. Varner would not let up and stayed on the attack, finally pinning down Barboza and continuing to land hammer fists until the stoppage as Varner was awarded the win via TKO at 3:23 of the first round. The loss was the first of Barboza's career and he now falls to 10-1.

In the final fight before the PPV, Diego Brandao fought Darren Elkins in the featherweight division. The fight went to the ground early, as Elkins scored a takedown but ended up on the bottom himself. Brandao elected to take the fight back to the standup and scored a huge jumping knee that floored Elkins, but both fighters were back to their feet a few moments later. The first round continued like that, with Brandao landing some huge shots to a grounded Elkins. The first round clearly belonged to Brandao, but Elkins showed a lot of great recovery ability.

The second round was more tentative than the first round would have suggested, with both men staying upright until Brandao slipped on a head-kick attempt and ended up on the bottom. Elkins held Brandao down for over half the round and landed some damaging shots of his own. When the round ended, both men had each clearly won a round.

Elkins scored a takedown in the first minute of the final round and took control, holding down Brandao and continuing to work. Elkins got the full mount by the midway point of the round as Brandao looked gassed. Elkins kept up the ground and pound. Brandao managed to get to his feet in the final minute and landed two more big shots on the ground but could not finish Elkins. The judges awarded the fight to Elkins via unanimous decision on scores of 29-28, 29-28, 29-28 in what was easily the fight of the night to this point.

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UFC 146 Dos Santos Vs. Mir Results: Paul Sass, Glover Teixeira Grab First-Round Wins In Facebook Prelims

UFC 146 is underway from Los Vegas on Saturday night and one set of preliminary fights is already in the books. Three matches kicked off the event and were streamed live on Facebook.

The opening bout was a featherweight fight between Mike Brown and Daniel Pineda. The fight featured a lot of lay-and-pray by Brown, who managed to control the majority of the three rounds and pick up the unanimous decision on scores of 29-28, 29-28, 29-28. Although not the dominating win Brown was hoping for, it is still an important victory for him as he tries to move back into the featherweight title picture.

In the second fight, a light heavyweight bout, Glover Teixeira was as dominant as you could have hoped for, taking down Kyle Kingsbury in the first minute and initiating the ground and pound before cinching in an arm triangle for the submission at 1:53 of the first round.

The final match on Facebook was a lightweight bout between Jacob Volkmann and Paul Sass. This fight was even faster, with Sass cinching in a diabolical triangle choke from the bottom for the quick tap-out in the first round.

The next set of matches will air live on the FX network.

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UFC 146 Dos Santos Vs. Mir: Main Card Predictions

On Saturday night, UFC 146 will take place in Las Vegas. The main card should provide plenty of entertainment and hopefully some great mixed martial arts contests. Made up of five heavyweight fights, the main card will make the marquee division title picture a lot clearer at the end of the night.

In the main event of the evening, UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos will defend his title against former champ Frank Mir. This make-up title match will see dos Santos enter as a heavy favorite to win. Odds are good that Mir's three-fight win streak will come to an end on Saturday, but there is always a chance that Mir could steal a win. I wouldn't bet on that happening, though.

In the co-main, Salinas native Cain Velasquez takes on journeyman heavyweight fighter Antonio Silva. Again, Velasquez is the favorite and will be further motivated by his desire to get back into the title picture. Silva should not be ruled out, as he has very heavy hands, but Velasquez is very nearly a lock to win this one.

Dave Herman will be taking on "Big Country" Roy Nelson, with both fighters coming off of losses. Nelson in particular just took a savage beating from Fabricio Werdum, while Herman lost to Stefan Struve via TKO. Both men really need a win in this one to stay relevant in the division. This is the biggest toss-up of the night, but my heart always tells me to vote Big Country, SB Nation Bay Area's favorite kung fu fighter.

Shane del Rosario is making his return to fighting with a match against Stipe Miocic after a car accident sidelined him for most of 2011. He is also making his debut in the UFC and is hoping to make an instant impression. The UFC is also hoping that they will end up with another title contender in the division, so both the promotion and the fighter have a lot riding on this fight. In those situations, you'd like to think the UFC knows what they're doing, so look to del Rosario to win here.

The fight kicking off the PPV broadcast is Stefan Struve taking on Lavar Johnson. Both fighters have won two in a row and both fighters have five career losses. This one may end up being a clash of styles, as Struve is a grappler and Johnson is a striker. If they remain standing, Johnson can land a knockout blow, but if the fight goes to the ground, Struve has a massive advantage. I foresee Struve getting the win, but this one could definitely go either way.

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UFC 146 Dos Santos Vs. Mir: Full Card, TV Time & More

On Saturday, UFC 146 will take place in Las Vegas. The card was subject to a lot of shuffling due to Alistair Overeem failing a drug test and missing out on his heavyweight title shot, but still looks to be a full night of mixed martial arts action. Several Bay Area fighters will be appearing on the card, most notably Salinas native Cain Velasquez.

There will be two sets of preliminary fights being broadcast for free. The first three fights will be broadcast on Facebook beginning at 3:45 p.m. PT. The next sets of prelims will air on FX starting at 5:00 p.m. PT. The main card is only on pay-per-view and begins at 7:00 p.m. PT.

Here is the full card for the event:

Main Card (PPV)

Heavyweight Championship: Junior dos Santos vs. Frank Mir
Heavyweight fight: Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Silva
Heavyweight fight: Roy Nelson vs. Dave Herman
Heavyweight fight: Stipe Miocic vs. Shane del Rosario
Heavyweight fight: Mark Hunt vs. Stefan Struve

Preliminary Card (FX)

Featherweight fight: Diego Brandao vs. Darren Elkins
Lightweight fight: Edson Barboza vs. Jamie Varner
Middleweight fight: Jason Miller vs. C.B. Dollaway
Welterweight fight: Dan Hardy vs. Duane Ludwig

Preliminary Card (Facebook)

Lightweight fight: Paul Sass vs. Jacob Volkmann
Light Heavyweight fight: Kyle Kingsbury vs. Glover Teixeira
Featherweight fight: Mike Brown vs. Daniel Pineda

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UFC 146 Dos Santos Vs. Mir Fight Preview: Cain Velasquez Vs. Antonio Silva

The Bay Area representation will be in full effect at UFC 146 on Saturday. Salinas native and former world heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez will be in action at UFC 146 and the fan favorite is looking to put on another impressive showing as he works his way back into the title picture.

Velasquez, who fights out of American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, will be taking on Antonio Silva, the journeyman Brazilian heavyweight. Silva was last in action in September, when he lost by knockout to Daniel Cormier in the semifinals of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament. Cormier would go on to defeat Josh Barnett to win the Grand Prix. Silva holds an overall mixed martial arts record of 16-3 and will be making his UFC debut at Saturday's event.

This will be Velasquez's first fight back since losing his title to Junior dos Santos in November at the inaugural UFC on FOX event. It was the first loss of Veladquez's career. He now hold a record of 9-1.

Velasquez winning here is of the utmost importance not only to the fighter himself, but to the promotion. UFC needs Velasquez to keep winning, as he is not only one of their most popular fighters, but his success is vital to keeping the heavyweight division strong. Silva will be the underdog in this fight, but should not be taken lightly. 11 of Silva's 16 wins are by knockout.

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UFC 146 Dos Santos Vs. Mir Fight Preview: Kyle Kingsbury Vs. Glover Teixeira

The card for UFC 146 in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 26 is loaded, top to bottom, with plenty of Bay Area fighters. One of the preliminary fights features a Bay Area native who will be looking to rebound from a decision loss to Stephan Bonnar.

Kyle Kingsbury will take on Glover Teixeira in what will likely be the second fight of the evening, in a light heavyweight bout that will air via Facebook. Kingsbury is a Sunnyvale native who fights out of American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose.

This will be Kingsbury's seventh fight in the UFC, not counting fights as a part of The Ultimate Fighter television show. Kingsbury is 4-2 in the UFC and holds an overall mixed martial arts record of 11-3-1. He has twice won Fight of the Night honors in the promotion.

Teixeira, a Brazilian native who fights out of San Luis Obispo, has fought in the WEC four times but will be making his UFC debut. Teixeira is 17-2 and has not lost a fight since March of 2005.

This is probably a good matchup for both competitors, as Kingsbury could try to work his way back to light heavyweight title consideration, while Teixeira could become a contender in short order if he comes into the UFC with guns blazing.

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UFC 146: Mourning The Loss Of Junior Dos Santos Vs. Alistair Overeem

Next Saturday, UFC 146 in Las Vegas will be headlined by a heavyweight title fight between Junior dos Santos and challenger Frank Mir. That's fine. That's an okay fight. Best case scenario, dos Santos will wreck shop. Worst case scenario, Mir will get motivated and make it an exciting fight. The real disappointment here is that UFC viewers were robbed of a genuine superfight that they wanted to see and we were given this matchup as a consolation prize.

The massive Alistair Overeem was popped for failing a drug test, which everyone saw coming a mile away but we were all sort of hoping it would shake out after the dos Santos fight, rather than before (or at least, we were hoping he was being smarter about his regimen than he actually was, beyond the "eyeball test" -- which he failed instantly). Overeem's devastation of Brock Lesnar is still fresh in all our minds, liver-kicking the former champ's decimated colon straight into retirement. We all wanted to see Overeem try for the title. Sure, we were all hoping he'd come up short, but it was a fight everyone wanted to see.

No one has wanted to see Mir since a right hand from Lesnar sent him tumbling backwards, ass-over-teakettle. That's not a knock on Mir, who was once great. It's just that he's not a draw any longer. You can't fault UFC for not panicking and hot-shotting Cain Velasquez back into a rematch. That has to be a much slower build. This is one of the few options the promotion had and they almost certainly did the right thing here.

It's just not what we wanted.

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UFC 146: Early Odds For Junior Dos Santos Vs. Frank Mir Fight Card

Next Saturday, Las Vegas will play host to UFC 146. Although the anticipated main event of Junior dos Santos vs. Alistair Overeem fell through, there will still be a heavyweight title match and there will still be plenty of Bay Area fighters looking to make an impact.

The early odds are in for most of the top fights. According to our friends over at OddsShark, dos Santos is a heavy favorite to retain his title in the main event. While challenger Frank Mir remains a threat, he seems to be a few key losses away from turning into a name-brand tomato can.

Salinas native Cain Velasquez is also a betting favorite, as is "Big Country" Roy Nelson. Always a pleasure to see our favorite kung fu fighter enter a bout as the top dog.

Here are the early odds for UFC 146 in Las Vegas:

Junior dos Santos (-525) vs. Frank Mir (+415)

Roy Nelson (-240) vs. Dave Herman (+180)

Stefan Struve (+115) vs. Mark Hunt (-135)

Shane del Rosario (+135) vs. Stipe Miocic (-155)

Cain Velasquez (-380) vs. Antonio Silva (+315)

Jamie Varner (+380) vs. Edson Barboza (-520)

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UFC 146: Dos Santos Vs. Mir Fight Card

Just a couple months ago, UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Mir looked like one of the most explosive fight cards in recent memory - mostly due to the fact that it wasn't subtitled "vs. Mir." No, it was "vs. Overeem," as in Alistair Overeem, the Adonis of men who steals souls with vicious knees and eats horse meat. A potential fight between Junior dos Santos and Overeem was absolutely interesting.

But that's in the past. Now, it's dos Santos taking on Frank Mir, and the fight isn't very compelling at all. Mir is great and routinely exceeds expectations, but they remain low for this one. That being said, there's definitely some interesting matchups worth noting still remaining on the card.

Cain Velasquez will be representing the Bay Area while welcoming Antonio Silva back to the UFC. There's some other Bay Area ties in action as well, including Daver Herman and Shane del Rosario on the main card and Kyle Kingsbury and Jason Miller on the prelims. Below, we've got the full fight card.

Main Card

Heavyweight Championship: Junior dos Santos vs. Frank Mir
Heavyweight fight: Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Silva
Heavyweight fight: Roy Nelson vs. Dave Herman
Heavyweight fight: Stipe Miocic vs. Shane del Rosario
Heavyweight fight: Mark Hunt vs. Stefan Struve

Preliminary Card

Featherweight fight: Diego Brandao vs. Darren Elkins
Lightweight fight: Edson Barboza vs. Jamie Varner
Middleweight fight: Jason Miller vs. C.B. Dollaway
Lightweight fight: Paul Sass vs. Jacob Volkmann
Welterweight fight: Dan Hardy vs. Duane Ludwig
Light Heavyweight fight: Kyle Kingsbury vs. Glover Teixeira
Featherweight fight: Mike Brown vs. Daniel Pineda

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Alistair Overeem Suspension Upheld By NSAC

Alistair Overeem recently failed a drug test for elevated testosterone levels, which cost him his title fight against Junior Dos Santos at UFC 146. It also meant that there was a shuffling of the card, as Frank Mir will now get the main-event title shot and former Mir opponent, San Jose fight and Salinas native Cain Velasquez will be fighting against Antonio Silva.

On Tuesday, the Nevada State Athletic Commission held their official hearing on the Overeem case and made their ruling. Brent Brookhouse of Bloody Elbow reported on the hearing live on Tuesday.

Overeem tested positive for 14:1 (as we knew). Overeem tried to flee the building at time of random test, jumped into a car and sped off despite being told that he had to stay to give a sample. Claims he "didn't realize" he needed to stick around and was going to an interview, then changed story that he was going to talk about his battery case, then changed story again that he was going to try to avoid Golden Glory serving him papers. UFC says they made it entirely clear that he needed to stick around.

Overeem's lawyers requested a continuance, which was denied by the commission. They did not feel a strong enough case was made to allow a conditional license, so their final judgment was that Overeem's license would remain suspended.

Overeem will be allowed to re-apply for a new license in nine months (roughly the end of December). That nine month period insists that the fighter not apply for a license anywhere else during that time. We will find out what is in store for him after that re-application.

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UFC 146: Cain Velasquez To Fight Antonio 'Bigfoot' Silva In Lieu Of Frank Mir

The Bay Area no longer has a champion in regards to the highest levels of mixed martial arts - Nick Diaz and Jake Shields both vacated their Strikeforce titles to come to the UFC, and both have failed to win gold in the bigger of the two big organizations, while Cain Velasquez lost the Heavyweight Championship in his most recent fight, a knockout loss at the hands of Junior dos Santos.

Velasquez was set to get back on the horse with his first fight back against tough veteran Frank Mir, but that fight is now off, with Mir set to take on dos Santos for the title with Alistair Overeem being taken from the fight after failing a pre-fight test. It was revealed that Overeem had failed a pre-fight test that saw him with elevated testosterone levels (or rather, skewed ratios).

On Sunday, UFC President Dana White confirmed on Twitter that Velasquez would remain on the card though - against Antonio Silva, who is making his return to the UFC after a stint in Strikeforce. It was a notable stint for "Bigfoot," who had a strong victory over Fedor Emelianenko, in which he dominated the Russian legend en route to a TKO stoppage.

But facing Velasquez is a tough return to the big show for anybody. Silva will have his hands full, while Velasquez should be the heavy favorite to get back in the win column and start his run back to the top. The biggest issue for him is ... well, just how big Silva is. As Velasquez is primarily a wrestler, it will be interesting to see how he handles the giant mass of man that is "Bigfoot."

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