Gabriel Gonzaga will be stepping in for the injured Shane del Rosario (11-2, 0-2 UFC) at UFC 162 during Fight Week in Las Vegas.
Gonzaga (14-7, 9-6 UFC) will take on Dave Herman (21-5, 1-3 UFC) in a must-win fight for both during the preliminary portion of the card in July. UFC officials announced the switch on Friday night.
Herman will be making his return from a six-month suspension due to marijuana use in this bout, and he will be looking to end a three-fight losing streak in the process. Herman has dropped fights to Stefan Struve, Roy Nelson and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, and he has been stopped in all three of those fights. His lone UFC win came over John-Olav Einemo at UFC 131 in June 2011.
Herman has famously claimed that jiu-jitsu doesn’t work, and he will get another chance to prove that as he faces one of the best jiu-jitsu artists in the UFC’s heavyweight division.
Gonzaga is looking to rebound from a knockout loss at the hands of Travis Browne at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale in April. It was Gonzaga’s first loss since making his return to the UFC, ending his three-fight submission win streak in the process. Gonzaga has fought in the past for the UFC Heavyweight Championship, losing to Randy Couture in 2007.
UFC 162 takes place on July 6 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman headlines the event, which caps off Fight Week in Las Vegas that includes pool parties, special events and a UFC Fan Expo.