One of the few bouts planned for the UFC’s upcoming stop in Rio de Janeiro pitting two Brazilians against each other got an overhaul Wednesday afternoon and, to the relief of conflicted countrymen, will now feature an American standing opposite in the cage from one of their own.
According to an announcement on the UFC’s website, Dan Miller has agreed to fill in for submission specialist Alexandre Ferreira in facing powerful ground technician Rousimar Palhares at the August 27 event. No official reason was given for Ferreira’s withdrawal.
Stepping in at the last minute is not a new scenario for the 13-5 Miller who last fought Nate Marquardt at UFC 128 on a week’s notice and still went fifteen hard minutes against him. The 30-year old New Jersey native, who has never been finished in a fight, should also be more than prepared for Palhares’ mat-based assault with eight submission victories of his own.
Palhares is best known for attacking his opponents’ legs and has three Heel Hook wins inside the Octagon. He holds an overall record of 12-3 and has tapped out nine of the opponents he’s beaten.
Palahres and Miller will join a pair of other notable middleweights on the UFC 134 lineup, as the show is headlined by divisional champ Anderson Silva defending his belt against Yushin Okami. Other bouts scheduled for the card include Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Forrest Griffin and Antonio “Mintauro” Nogueira vs. Brendan Schaub.
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