Ricardo Almeida has pulled out of UFC 90 due to an “undisclosed injury.” Almeida was set to face off against Matt Horwich in a middleweight matchup on the undercard of the pay-per-view. Now highly touted middleweight prospect and Renzo Gracie student Dan Miller will step in to face Horwich in Almeida’s place.
The news was first reported by MMA Weekly.
Miller last competed at UFC Fight Night 15, submitting Rob Kimmons via rear naked choke in the first round. He was also the last IFL middleweight champion before the promotion closed its doors. Coincidentally, Horwich was also the IFL middleweight champion at one point so this fight pits former IFL 185 lbs. champions against one another.
Horwich, who trains out of Team Quest, will be making his UFC debut. Horwich posted a 7-4 record in the IFL competing at both light heavyweight and middleweight and last competed at an IFL show in May of this year defeating Joey Guel via unanimous decision.
UFC 90 is set to feature a middleweight title matchup between Anderson Silva and Patrick Cote as well as a welterweight matchup between Diego Sanchez and Thiago Alves.