The UFC announced via Twitter that Dan Miller (13-5) will replace Alexandre Ferreira in a middleweight bout with Rousimar Palhares (12-3) at UFC 134 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This marks the second time the UFC has had to scrap a planned bout between Ferreira and Palhares.
Palhares has had a successful run so far in the UFC, compiling a 4-2 record with his only losses being to Dan Henderson and Nate Marquardt. Palhares last competed at UFC on Versus 3, where he submitted Dave Branch by kneebar, his third leg submission victory in the Octagon. Miller is 5-4 in the Octagon, with wins over Joe Doerksen and Matt Horwich. Miller last fought at UFC 128, dropping a decision to Marquardt. Miller is no strange to short notice fights as he was originally set to face Nick Catone at the event, but agreed to the Marquardt bout just days before when it was revealed Yoshihiro Akiyama would be unable to compete.
UFC 134 is headlined by a UFC Middleweight title bout between Anderson Silva and Yushin Okami as well as a rematch between former champions Forrest Griffin and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
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