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Palhares to Face Miller, Not Ferreira at UFC 134

(“Hey Dan Meeller, did you hear we fighting in Hio?” “Really? That’s awesome! Thanks for the heads-up, Paul Harris.”)

The UFC announced today that Dan Miller (13-5 MMA, 5-4 UFC) will be stepping in for Alexandre ‘Cacareco’ Ferreira (18-7 MMA, 0-1 UFC) against Rousimar Palhares (12-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) at UFC 134.

No reason was given for the “change of opponents” (Palhares-Ferreira was never officially announced) six weeks out from the show, but Miller will likely be up for the challenge having stepped into the Octagon on short notice in the past.

The New Jersey middleweight stepped in on four week’s notice for an injured Phil Baroni against John Salter at UFC 118 and on one week’s notice from the prelims to face Nate Marquardt at UFC 128 after Yoshihiro Akiyama was landlocked in Japan due to the recent Tsunami in March. In comparison, six weeks is pretty much a full camp for Miller.

2-1 in his past three fights following a tough three-fight losing skid, a win over Palhares would do wonders for the former IFL middleweight champion’s sagging career. His last loss against Marquardt is now steeped in controversy as “The Great” failed to obtain a Therapeutic Use Exepmption for his testosterone replacement therapy, yet was still allowed to compete anyway.

Palhares rebounded from a TKO loss to Marquardt at UFN 22: Marquardt vs. Palhares last September to submit David Branch via kneebar at UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann in March. Prior to the loss to Marquardt he won three in a row against Jeremy Horn, Lucio Linhares and Tomasz Drwal.

The bout is expected to be on the undercard of the August 27 show in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil which features a main event middleweight title fight between champion Anderson Silva and the last man to hand him a loss on his record, Yushin Okami.

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dirtbag62- July 7, 2011 at 6:49 am
^ I'm glad I'm not the only one who couldn't fucking read it either
ExpectJesusBro- July 7, 2011 at 6:08 am
eh... what would be a good trick is CP getting rids of spam bots forever, with out the use of this stupid captcha shit. cant even read half the shit it wants you to type. fucking weak.
flyingogoplata- July 7, 2011 at 5:59 am
@Me likey - But what a trick it is!
Me likey- July 7, 2011 at 5:21 am
palhares is the shinya aoki of the ufc middleweight division. one trick pony.
Redping- July 7, 2011 at 1:22 am
Palhares is actually completely insane, I love watching him, he's all the anger of the under-appreciated jiujitsu fighters personified into a buff leglock genius. Miller really has his work cut out keeping his limbs attached. I have been waiting for them to feed Bisping or somebody to Palhares to promote him, he would tear the legs off of most middleweights in the ufc right now
Pen Fifteen- July 6, 2011 at 8:25 pm
Good to see that captcha kept the spam bots out for all of 12 hours.
RwilsonR- July 6, 2011 at 7:16 pm
Hoos! Hoos! Hoos! Hoos!
Can't wait until the close the cage doors and Murilo Bustamante unleashes his greatest creation upon Miller! I feel bad for Miller's knees, though.
Bob Villa- July 6, 2011 at 7:04 pm
Hellz yeah! My boy Palhares is about to start tearing his easy through the middle weight division again, and soon enough will take Anderson Silva's leg home.
P.S. Yes it is I. Turd Furgeson.
boober- July 6, 2011 at 6:08 pm
lol heres something to feature cp, rampage is cuttin loose:
ReX13- July 6, 2011 at 6:03 pm
El Guapo >> Turd Ferguson, wasn't it?

And Mike, man, if you wanted to help me script the next Keyboard Warriors, all you had to do was say so.
Buster Hyman- July 6, 2011 at 5:30 pm
heel hooks all around!
skeletor- July 6, 2011 at 5:30 pm
Paul Harris certainly is a beast bit I will always root for the Miller brothers.
El Guapo- July 6, 2011 at 4:58 pm
Trying to remember which CP regular used to bust out the "Palhares would eat this guy for lunch" line on the daily? Damn it, brain! (Sniffing glue)I'll show you who's boss...