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ALMEIDA OUT; DAN MILLER WILL FACE MATT HORWICH

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An undisclosed injury has forced Brazilian Jiu-jitsu ace Ricardo Almeida out of his scheduled fight at UFC 90 in Chicago. Stepping in to replace him is highly touted middleweight prospect Dan Miller, who will now face Matt Horwich on Oct. 25.

The fight has been verbally agreed to by both fighters and should be signed shortly according to sources close to the situation, as confirmed to MMAWeekly.com

Miller was signed to the UFC recently after a stint in the International Fight League that saw him crowned the last-ever middleweight champion for the now defunct promotion.

Ironically enough his opponent, Matt Horwich, was the first ever IFL middleweight champion, but lost the belt during his first title defense a few months later.

Miller made an impressive debut in the Octagon by submitting veteran fighter Rob Kimmons by rear naked choke in the first round of their match-up at the UFC Fight Night event in mid-September.











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Post #1   10/4/08 6:37:21AM   

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dang i wanted to see him fight almeida. oh well

Post #2   10/4/08 6:53:25AM   

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this does nothing for me, didn't these two already fight in the ifl, i was hoping these two would get to prove themselves in the ufc, not face guys they already fought in a defunct organization.

Post #3   10/4/08 12:15:07PM   

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I don't think I like this.....it's cool to bring in some of the ex-IFL fighter's to the UFC, but it should have been the big names. They are starting to pull on guys who only had a couple of fights there, aren't a big name, had only marked success, and doesn't do anything for the fans who happen to even know of the IFL and it's fighters. I don't think I want to see any IFL match ups in the UFC!

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Posted by jae_1833

I don't think I like this.....it's cool to bring in some of the ex-IFL fighter's to the UFC, but it should have been the big names. They are starting to pull on guys who only had a couple of fights there, aren't a big name, had only marked success, and doesn't do anything for the fans who happen to even know of the IFL and it's fighters. I don't think I want to see any IFL match ups in the UFC!



I disagree, Dan Miller is no joke and I think he has a lot of potential. He won't be the guy to beat A. Silva, but who will? Anyways, Dan is a very talented fighter and I see him giving a lot of 185 lbers. fits. So, I don't mind seeing two former IFL fighters fight in the UFC. Because, Dan is destined for big things and this is an interesting match-up IMO. I like it more than I did before TBH, because I saw Ricardo fighting a cautious fight and only trying to win on points. Here I see an up and comer who wants to put on a show for the fans and I see him doing just that!


EDIT: No, they have not fought before...

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Posted by wolfman


Posted by jae_1833

I don't think I like this.....it's cool to bring in some of the ex-IFL fighter's to the UFC, but it should have been the big names. They are starting to pull on guys who only had a couple of fights there, aren't a big name, had only marked success, and doesn't do anything for the fans who happen to even know of the IFL and it's fighters. I don't think I want to see any IFL match ups in the UFC!



I disagree, Dan Miller is no joke and I think he has a lot of potential. He won't be the guy to beat A. Silva, but who will? Anyways, Dan is a very talented fighter and I see him giving a lot of 185 lbers. fits. So, I don't mind seeing to former IFL fighters fight in the UFC. Because, Dan is destined for big things and this is an interesting match-up IMO. I like it more than I did before TBH, because I saw Ricardo fighting a cautious fight and only trying to win on points. Here I see an up and comer who wants to put on a show for the fans and I see him doing just that!



miller is definitely a talent, and so is horwich, but the problem is nobody knows this and they already fought in a b level org, this fight is slowing down the process of them making a name for themselves, and getting a much more interesting matchup to see how good they really are. throw one of them at kendall grove, ed herman to see if they really belong fighting with the big guys.

EDIT: check that they didn't fight in the ifl, but i still stand by the rest of my statement.

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Posted by nickcuc547


Posted by wolfman


Posted by jae_1833

I don't think I like this.....it's cool to bring in some of the ex-IFL fighter's to the UFC, but it should have been the big names. They are starting to pull on guys who only had a couple of fights there, aren't a big name, had only marked success, and doesn't do anything for the fans who happen to even know of the IFL and it's fighters. I don't think I want to see any IFL match ups in the UFC!



I disagree, Dan Miller is no joke and I think he has a lot of potential. He won't be the guy to beat A. Silva, but who will? Anyways, Dan is a very talented fighter and I see him giving a lot of 185 lbers. fits. So, I don't mind seeing to former IFL fighters fight in the UFC. Because, Dan is destined for big things and this is an interesting match-up IMO. I like it more than I did before TBH, because I saw Ricardo fighting a cautious fight and only trying to win on points. Here I see an up and comer who wants to put on a show for the fans and I see him doing just that!



miller is definitely a talent, and so is horwich, but the problem is nobody knows this and they already fought in a b level org, this fight is slowing down the process of them making a name for themselves, and getting a much more interesting matchup to see how good they really are. throw one of them at kendall grove, ed herman to see if they really belong fighting with the big guys.

EDIT: check that they didn't fight in the ifl, but i still stand by the rest of my statement.



I agree with what you are saying, but remember that Ricardo was injured and they needed a fighter to step up and fill in. So, of course he won't be a fighting a big name, he is just filling in. Anyways, I'm sure after this fight people will start to recognize Dan Miller a little more. I'm sure if he gets past Matt he will get a big name or TUF name if you will. Be patient people.

Post #7   10/4/08 1:26:49PM   

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I think this is a great replacement. Dan is a GREAT fighter to replace big dog and this fight will be great.

These guys have never fought btw but Miller beat the guy who beat Horwich for the title. Miller is a great fighter all in great ground game and a great wrestler. I wouldn't say he he could never beat Anderson though it would be hard i think the fight would def. great.

Post #8   10/5/08 11:37:02PM   

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miller can be champion someday

Post #9   10/7/08 12:11:17AM