Talented middleweight prospect Rousimar Palhares’ next fight inside the UFC Octagon will take place on Jan. 17 at the O2 Arena in Dublin, Ireland against veteran Jeremy Horn.
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Palhares, 8-2, last competed at UFC 88 this past September, where he suffered a unanimous decision defeat to former PRIDE welterweight and middleweight champion Dan Henderson. Prior to the fight vs. Henderson, Palhares had one other bout in the UFC, making his debut at UFC 84 in May where he submitted Ivan Salaverry with an armbar at 2:36 of round 1.
Horn is 80-18-5 in documented MMA fights and has performed in the UFC during the course of several tours of duties. The 33-year old made his UFC debut in May of 1998 at UFC 17, where he lost to Frank Shamrock after submitting to a kneebar at 16:28 of round 1.
Horn’s most recent fight in the UFC took place at the live season finale for the seventh season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” where he was submitted by Dean Lister at 3:52 of round 1. The loss dropped Horn to 1-3 in his last four bouts with all losses coming via submission. Prior to submitting to a triangle choke against Jorge Santiago during a 2007 Art of War event, Horn had not tapped in a fight since UFC 30 in 2001.
UFC 93 is scheduled to be headlined by a light heavyweight matchup featuring Rich Franklin and Dan Henderson. Additional matchups includes Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Mark Coleman, Denis Kang vs. Alan Belcher, Andre Gusmao vs. Antonio Mendes, and Marcus Davis vs. Chris Lytle.