Gabriel Gonzaga in to face Dave Herman at UFC 162 following Shane Del Rosario injury

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

An unspecified injury has forced heavyweight Shane Del Rosario to withdraw from UFC 162. As a result, Gabriel Gonzaga has stepped in to fill the void and face Dave Herman at the July 6 event.

The UFC announced the changes late on Friday night.

Gonzaga will have about five weeks to prepare for Herman.

The fight is likely a pivotal one for the UFC career of Herman, who has lost three straight and is also coming off a suspension for a failed drug test that flagged him for marijuana usage.

Herman (21-5) has been finished in three straight fights. He was most recently submitted by Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 153. Prior to that he suffered a knockout loss at the hands of Roy Nelson, and another TKO via Stefan Struve. His only UFC win was a Fight of the Night knockout over John Olav Einemo in June 2011.

Gonzaga (14-7) is seven weeks removed from a knockout loss to Travis Browne at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale, a defeat that snapped a three-fight win streak. He was just removed from a mandatory medical suspension on Wednesday.

UFC 162 takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and will be headlined by a middleweight title match pitting Anderson Silva against challenger Chris Weidman.

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