How different would the heavyweight landscape be if Shane Del Rosario didn’t get have his car totaled by a maniac driver, sidelining the up and comer for a year, and Del Rosario actually fought Daniel Cormier at Overeem Vs. Werdum? Somewhat different, that’s for sure. As we know, Cormier ended up defeating Jeff Monson, who filled in for the injured Rosario in a one sided victory, then knocked out Bigfoot, sending the former Olympian to face off with Josh Barnett in the finals of the HWGP. All of this happened while Shane Del Rosario was recovering from his injuries that at one point threatened his promising career. It’s cool though, Shane is back and in good health, he was even a downloadable character for Supremacy MMA while he was out.
It’s funny how these things work, a career threatening injury and the dissolution of your weight division in Strikeforce later and now Shane Del Rosario is fighting Gabrielle Gonzaga on the biggest (pun kind of intended) heavyweight card in MMA history at UFC 146. Fight Magazine caught up with the undefeated heavyweight and were allowed to pull the curtain back on Del Rosario the fighter to reveal what so many already know about him: he’s one hell of a good guy.