Ricardo Almeida (9-3) will return to action against former IFL middleweight champion Matt Horwich (23-10-1) at UFC 90: "Silva vs. Cote" at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Ill., on October 25.
The middleweight showdown was made official overnight.
"Big Dog" could have very well found himself in the main event on this card had things gone his way against Patrick Cote at UFC 86: "Jackson vs. Griffin" last month. However, the Brazilian dropped a razor thin split decision, snapping a seven-fight win streak.
Now it’s Cote who has the daunting task of prying the 185-pound belt from Anderson Silva’s deadly clutches.
Horwich –- the first-ever (and former) IFL middleweight champion -– is a mixed martial arts veteran who was on a roll before losing his title to Ryan McGivern via unanimous decision earlier this year.
"Suave" rebounded with a unanimous decision win over Joey Guel three months later to get back to his winning ways. This will mark his Octagon debut, which appears to be a growing trend for several other former IFL fighters.
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