UFC 134 Fight Card: Rousimar Palhares Vs. Dan Miller Added To Spike Telecast

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UFC 134 Fight Card: Rousimar Palhares Vs. Dan Miller Added To Spike Telecast

UFC officials have announced an adjustment to the broadcast schedule of UFC 134's undercard. A middleweight bout between Rousimar Palhares (12-3) and Dan Miller (13-5) has been slotted into the Spike TV telecast, displacing a welterweight bout between Paulo Thiago (13-3) and David Mitchell (11-1) to the Facebook preliminaries.

The promotion announced the news early Monday morning. No explanation for the switch has been given.

Palhares is a promising member of Brazilian Top Team and has collected a 5-2 record in his run under the UFC banner, including victories over Jeremy Horn and Dave Branch. The 31-year-old has won four of his last five fights, finishing three by submission.

Miller, brother of lightweight contender Jim Miller, has plateaued within the promotion after opening his UFC career with three straight victories. The 30-year-old has lost dropped of his last six fights, losing via unanimous decision to big-name opponents Nate Marquardt, Michael Bisping, Chael Sonnen, and Damien Maia.

UFC 134 marks the organization's highly-anticipated return to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and will be held on August 27th at HSBC Arena. The event is headlined by a flood of Brazilian talent, including a middleweight championship bout between pound-for-pound king Anderson Silva and Japanese superstar Yushin Okami.

Main Card:
Middleweight Championship: Anderson Silva vs. Yushin Okami
Light Heavyweight: Mauricio Rua vs. Forrest Griffin
Heavyweight: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Brendan Schaub
Lightweight: Edson Barboza vs. Ross Pearson
Light Heavyweight: Luiz Cane vs. Stanislav Nedkov

Preliminary Card (televised on Spike TV):
Lightweight: Thiago Tavares vs. Spencer Fisher
Middleweight: Rousimar Palhares vs. Dan Miller

Preliminary Card (streamed on Facebook):
Welterweight: Paulo Thiago vs. David Mitchell
Bantamweight: Raphael Assunção vs. Johnny Eduardo
Featherweight: Yuri Alcantara vs. Felipe Arantes
Bantamweight: Yves Jabouin vs. Ian Loveland
Welterweight: Erick Silva vs. Luis Ramos


Report: Luis Ramos Tabbed As Replacement To Fight Erick Silva At UFC 134

Luis Ramos (19-6) has reached an agreement to fight Erick Silva (12-1) at UFC 134, according to reports from Tatame.com. The spot was vacated by Mike Swick due to an undisclosed training camp injury.

Ramos is the current Shooto welterweight champion and has won 10 of his last 12 fights, including three within the ‘Watch Out Combat Show Grand Prix.' The 30-year-old trains at Brazil's Nova Uniao fight camp alongside King of Pancrase Marlon Sandro and UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo. He will be making his UFC debut.

According to reports, UFC lightweight Gleison Tibau asked promotion president Dana White and matchmaker Joe Silva if he could fill Swick's vacant spot, but was turned down in favor of Ramos.

Erick Silva will be making his UFC debut after compiling an undefeated record since 2006. In his last fight, the 27-year-old Brazilian defeated Francisco Ayon to win the inaugural Jungle Fight welterweight title. A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, Silva has finished opponents in nine of his twelve victories.


Mike Swick Out Of UFC 134 With Injury

Seven year Zuffa-veteran Mick Swick (14-4) has officially pulled out of a scheduled bout against Erick Silva (12-1) at UFC 134, according to reports released late Thursday. Swick was forced to withdraw after suffering an undisclosed injury during training camp. The UFC released this statement:

Mike Swick's long-awaited comeback to the octagon will have to wait a little longer after he was forced to withdraw from his UFC 134 bout against Erick Silva due to injury.

The news is unfortunate for the 32-year-old welterweight, who was hoping to make his return to the Octagon after a year-and-a-half layoff. A contestant on the inaugural season of the "The Ultimate Fighter", Swick was coming off the first two-fight losing streak of his career after falling to Dan Hardy and Paulo Thiago over a span of four months.

No replacement opponent has been revealed by UFC officials. However, promotion officials ensured that the announcement would be coming shortly.

UFC 134 will be held August 27 at HSBC Arena in Rio De Janeiroi, Brazil. The organization's return to the country features a slew of Brazilian fighters, and is headlined by contest between Anderson Silva and Yushin Okami for the UFC middleweight championship.

Updated UFC 134 card:

Main Card:
Middleweight Championship: Anderson Silva vs. Yushin Okami
Light Heavyweight: Mauricio Rua vs. Forrest Griffin
Heavyweight: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Brendan Schaub
Lightweight: Ross Pearson vs. Edson Barboza
Light Heavyweight: Luiz Cane vs. Stanislav Nedkov

Preliminary Card (broadcast on Spike):
Lightweight: Thiago Tavares vs. Spencer Fisher

Preliminary Card:
Welterweight: Paulo Thiago vs. David Mitchell
Bantamweight: Raphael Assuncao vs. Johnny Eduardo
Middleweight: Rousimar Palhares vs. Dan Miller
Featherweight: Yuri Alcantara vs. Felipe Arantes
Bantamweight: Yves Jabouin vs. Ian Loveland


UFC 134 Report: Antonio Carvalho To Face Yuri Alcantara

Canadian featherweight Antonio Carvalho (13-4), has signed with the UFC and will face Yuri Alcantara (25-3), at UFC 134 in Rio de Janeiro according to a report from Sherdog.com. Alcantara was initially reported to be facing Mackens Semerzier, but the Alcantara-Semerzier bout was never agreed upon.

The Brazilian Alcantar will have the home field advantage. He'll bring an 11 fight win streak into his UFC debut. He beat Ricardo Lamas via TKO at WEC 53. That fight was contested at lightweight so Alcantar will be cutting 10 lbs to make the featherweight limit. 

Carvalho is also new to the Octagon. He beat UFC veteran Doug Evans via decision in his last bout. He's got a lot of experience fighting in Japan and owns notable wins over Hatsu Hioki, Takeshi Inoue and Rumina Sato.

UFC 134 will be the UFC's first event in Brazil since UFC Brazil in 1998. It will be headlined by middleweight champion Anderson Silva defending his belt against Yushin Okami, the last man to get a victory over him in the cage. Okami won their previous bout in 2006 when Silva was disqualified for an illegal kick to a downed opponent. 


UFC 134 Report: Erick Silva Vs. Mike Swick Scheduled

Another bout has been added to the UFC 134: Rio card. However, it's not the sort of fight featuring marquee talent or a hotly-contested rivalry. Instead, it features a promising Brazilian prospect against a sure-fire challenge. Sherdog has the news:

Brazilian welterweight prospect Erick Silva has signed with the UFC and will make his promotional debut against Mike Swick at UFC 134.


The reigning Jungle Fight welterweight champion, Silva has stayed unbeaten as a professional in his six-year career, notching a 11-0 record with one no contest. The X-Gym representative captured the welterweight strap in October by submitting Francisco Ayon in the championship tournament final with an arm-triangle choke at Jungle Fight 23.

A product of the vaunted American Kickboxing Academy, Swick is a first-season veteran of "The Ultimate Fighter." Swick joined the UFC in 2005 as a middleweight and made the cut to 170 pounds in 2008. Since dropping to welterweight, "Quick" has posted a 4-2 record inside the Octagon, though he currently rides a two-fight skid.

As Sherdog Jordan Breen noted on Twitter, this is an exciting test of a talented prospect in addition to being a measuring stick for Swick coming off of injuries and consecutive losses.


UFC 134: Brendan Schaub Vs. Antonio 'Minotauro' Nogueira Confirmed

According to UFC.com, the UFC has confirmed a heavyweight bout between rising prospect/contender Brendan Schaub and former PRIDE heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. The fight will take place on the UFC 134: Rio fight card. The details are as follows:

The UFC 134 fight card has added a high-profile heavyweight battle, Dana White confirmed today. The 8-1 Brendan "The Hybrid" Schaub and former Pride and UFC champion Minotauro Nogueria have verbally agreed to the August 27 bout in Rio.

Schaub is coming off a UFC 128 knockout of the night performance against another Pride legend, Mirko Cro Cop. The summer bout will be Nogueira's first return to the Octagon in 18 months after an injury took him out of his planned headlining bout last October.

Nogueira has been sidelined after receiving knee surgery while Schaub has remained active. One also has to acknowledge the slow but steady path of opponents Schaub has faced and defeated makes this an intriguing bout. It's a winnable fight for Schaub and possibly the kind of win that would allow him to shed the "prospect" status in favor of full-fledged contender. Let's hope, however, matters don't become problematic if teammate Shane Carwin defeats Junior dos Santos and Schaub defeats Nogueira.


UFC 134: Maiquel Falcao Removed From UFC 134 Card, Cut By UFC

According to multiple reports, UFC middleweight and Brazilian native Maiquel Falcao has not only been removed from the UFC 134 event, he's been cut by the UFC altogether. Falcao's previous/ongoing problems with the law appear to be the reason for the dismissal. Tatame received an open letter penned by Falcao's manager Marcelo Brigadeiro describing the situation:

I decided to communicate you because of the respect we have with Maiquel’s fans. I always worked in a honest and clear way about everything, and wouldn’t act that way in this situation.


This news got us by surprise and left us very shocked, mainly after we signed to fight at UFC Rio. Anyway, we’re very grateful for everything the UFC have done for Maiquel and we believe we go out in a good way.


Besides the sadness, we respect UFC’s decision and hope to return to the biggest event on the planet soon. I think this type of thing happen to make us think about a lot of things, to learn and move on, and you can be sure that Maiquel Falcão will move on.

Falcao's problems are hard to understand, but MMA Junkie tries to lay them out:

"In 2002, I was at a club with a couple of friends, and one of them had an argument with another group of guys," Falcao said. "They started fighting, and soon it became a fight between two groups. One girl got injured in the lips during this mess and took me and my friends to court. I was considered guilty for aggression.

"I was supposed to present myself regularly and could not leave the town, but I did not know that because the lawyer who was working on this at that time said that I had nothing else to worry about and that I could move. I moved to another city to train in a better team, and because this lawyer did not say anything to the judge about it, I was considered missing."

Scott Haber of BloodyElbow adds a few details:

Reports earlier in the spring had suggested that Falcao was cleared of all legal troubles, but even if that's the case, and if his management is to be believed, it seems that outcry from the public and the Brazilian media led to Falcao's release, and not necessarily ongoing legal proceedings.

Tom Lawlor was Falcao's original opponent. No word yet on whether Lawlor will receive a replacement or if he is off the card as well.


UFC 134: 'Shogun' Rua Vs. Forrest Griffin, Paulo Thiago Vs. David Mitchell And Rousimar Palhares Booked

There have been several bookings to the UFC: Rio card as well as a numerical designation. UFC: Rio is now UFC 134 and several fight bookings have been added to the event. Let's get to them.

First, a major addition to the card. There will be a rematch between former UFC light heavyweight champions Forrest Griffin and Mauricio Rua:

Mauricio "Shogun" Rua originally came to the UFC in 2007 as the #1 light heavyweight in the world. He'd been Pride's rising star in the division since 2005 when he won their Middleweight (205lbs) Tournament by beating Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, Alistair Overeem and Ricardo Arona. No one expected The Ultimate Fighter winner Forrest Griffin to have much of a chance against Shogun, but Forrest shocked the world by finishing Rua at UFC 76 and then going on to win the UFC title. Since then their individual fortunes have risen and fallen with both winning and quickly losing the championship belt. Now they meet again according to MMA Fighting:

Early Friday morning, UFC president Dana White confirmed the bout to MMA Fighting.

A welterweight fight has also been added to the card between one of Brazil's highest caliber fighters and law enforcement officers Paulo Thiago and American David Mitchell. Sherdog with the news:

Welterweight submission specialists Paulo Thiago and David Mitchell have agreed to square off UFC 134 in Rio de Janeiro. Thiago informed Sherdog.com of the matchup on Monday evening.

"I'm signing my contract right now and I'm very happy," said Thiago. "Fighting in Brazil again is like a dream. All my friends and family will be in Rio de Janeiro."

Lastly, but certainly not least, middleweight submission specialist Rousimar Palhares is slated to appear on the card, but no opponent has yet been named. To wit:

Jiu-Jitsu ace Rousimar "Toquinho" Palhares is another addiction to UFC Rio card, event that takes place at HSBC Arena on August 27th, at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rousimar's coach at Brazilian Top Team, Murilo Bustamante wrote on his Twitter that he'd had good news on his fighter, and TATAME learned with sources that Palhares will fight at UFC Rio, besides not having an opponent yet.

More on this card as it develops.


UFC Rio Fight Card: Vitor Belfort Talks Wanderlei Silva Rematch, Fighting In Hometown

Vitor Belfort is not only a pioneer of MMA in both North and South America, he's also arguably Brazil's most popular MMA fighter. It would only make sense that he would on the short list of those Brazilian fighters slated to appear on the UFC's return to Brazil this August at UFC: Rio. Belfort recently spoke to Tatame magazine, discussing why once rival Wanderlei Silva backed off from his challenge and why it would be his dream to compete on the UFC: Rio card.

In terms of Wanderlei Silva rematch not happening

"Well, my friend, what can I do? The tongue is a man’s whip and he needs to learn to speak less and fight more. But anyways, what you gonna do? That’s life brother, I don’t care about that, I am focused on my next challenge. I don’t care about names, I don’t choose my opponents, my focus is always my next fight, regardless of who that may be.

For me it’s cool, I don’t live life in the expectations of men, [I live life] in the expectations of God, life is like that. Sometimes we lose, the unforeseen happens and we need to be ready and trained, because we cannot guarantee the results. I am the type of guy that will follow through with what I say, I’m not a man who says one thing and not do it"

With respect to fighting in his hometown of Rio de Janeiro:

"That’s all I want. That’s my dream, to be able to fight in Rio de Janeiro, in my country. Fight for my people has always been my dream. Since I was one of the pioneers of the sport in my country, it would be a sort of reward for everything I’ve done for the sport".

And a fair reward indeed. Belfort's career has experienced it's fair share of peaks and troughs, but the generally trajectory and heft of his presence has lifted the entire sport, particularly in Brazil. He married a well-known Playboy model and appeared on one of Brazil's top-rated reality shows. For better or worse, he's been the face of MMA in his home country. Promotionally, using Belfort's services makes considerable sense and if the UFC is in the business of "rewarding" those who've helped to elevate the sport, Belfort's a top candidate.


UFC Rio Fight Card: Royce Gracie Hints At Appearance

It could all be bluster or an attempt to get publicity, but my sense tells me he's not exaggerating. Royce Gracie, UFC Hall of Famer and the first key figure in North American MMA, appears to be close to obtaining a fight on the UFC: Rio event in August later this year. He told UOL Esportes the following:

"It would be the perfect place to do my last fight. I never fought in Rio de Janeiro and I couldn't be more psyched. We are negotiating [the fight deal], but we should have it finalized in two weeks. We only had an initial contact and I don't even have an opponent yet, but we should have that finalized soon" said the 44 year old Gracie.

He also touched on his weight:

 "My weight is the same as it was twenty years ago [80kg], I am still training, keeping the blade sharp. I follow a very strict diet. I never drank, never party, Carnaval, none of that... I'm ready to fight"

If you're doing the math, 80kg is approximately 176lbs. Gracie could fight at either welterweight or middleweight or even more likely, catchweight.

Ordinarily I'd be very opposed to the idea of Gracie continuing to compete. His game is in no way prepared for MMA in 2011. He's long since past his expiration date as a competitive athlete and his last MMA fight in June of 2007 was marred by a lackluster performance followed by a positive test for steroid use. Gracie also never formally addressed the punishments handed down by the California State Athletic Commission, thereby making him likely ineligible to fight anywhere in the U.S. or North America.

But this is Brazil and this is very likely his retirement tour. As culpable as Gracie is for his own misconduct and slightly tarnished legacy, it wouldn't kill the UFC to allow one of MMA's foremost pioneers the opportunity to end his career on more favorable terms by granting him one last fight in his home country, the very country responsible for much of MMA's worldwide success.

More on this story as it develops.

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