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Once again, Dan Miller has stepped up to the plate on short notice thanks to Alexander Ferreira pulling out and will square off against Rousimar Palhares at the upcoming UFC 134: "Silva vs. Okami" event on Aug. 27 in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.
UFC President Dana White brought word of the switch, saying:
"Dan Miller lives up to his motto of 'anyone, anyplace, anytime' by stepping up against Rousimar Palhares at UFC 134 after original opponent Alexandre Ferreira pulled out of the fight."
Miller hasn't been in action since dropping a decision to Nate Marquardt back in New Jersey on March 19, a fight that has since been surrounded by controversy and called into question thanks to Nate's issues with testosterone replacement therapy.
Noticeable in his silence, though, has been Miller, who just keeps trucking right along and doing what he does best -- scrapping inside the cage.
Palhares, a stumpy submission specialist, most recently sent Dave Branch to the land of the unemployed after applying his trademark heel hook in the second round of their UFC on Versus 3 bout back in March.
That was just one fight removed from his own (slightly) controversial loss to Nate Marquardt.
While this match-up may not be as sexy as the explosive potential of Ferreira vs. "Paul Harris," it's certainly just as capable to produce fireworks.
Can't ask for much more.
UFC 134 will feature Anderson Silva defending his middleweight title against Yushin Okami, while Mauricio Rua will make his return to the Octagon for the first time since coughing up his 205-pound strap to Jon Jones in a highly anticipated rematch against Forrest Griffin.
In addition, mixed martial arts legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira will make what could be his last stand in front of a hometown crowd when he tries to quell the uprising of division prospect Brendan Schaub.
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