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Former IFL middleweight Dan Miller tapped as replacement to face Jake Rosholt at UFN 17

Former International Fight League middleweight champion Dan Miller is in and Alessio Sakara is out.

The website MMA Weekly first reported Wednesday night that Miller has been tapped to replace Sakara as the opponent for former NCAA champion Jake Rosholt during the former’s UFC debut on Feb. 7 at UFC Fight Night 17. has since confirmed the news with sources close to the bout.

Miller is the brother of UFC lightweight Jim Miller and trains out of the AMA Fight Club in New Jersey. A veteran of 11 professional fights, he is 10-1 overall and 2-0 in the UFC. After winning his Octagon debut against Rob Kimmons at UFC Fight Night 15 this past September, Miller returned to fight a little over a month alter at UFC 90, where he won a unanimous decision over Matt Horwich.

The fight will serve as Rosholt’s first in the UFC in light of sibling promotion World Extreme Cagefighting disbanding its middleweight and light heavyweight divisions following its WEC 37 event on December 3.

Rosholt, 5-0, graduated from Oklahoma State University, where he won the 184-pound NCAA title in 2003 and the 197-pound title in 2005 and 2006. Additionally, he was a four-time All-American and a Big 12 conference champion in 2004 while attending OSU.

After making his pro MMA debut in 2007, Rosholt quickly amassed a 4-0 record before signing a multi-fight agreement with the WEC. Making his debut at WEC 36 on Nov. 5, Rosholt improved to 5-0 with a second round TKO over the previously undefeated Nissen Osterneck.

Sakara, a former professional boxer in Italy who currently trains MMA with Florida’s American Top Team, was forced to pull out of the previously agreed to bout due to an undisclosed injury.

UFN 17 will emanate from the University of South Florida’s Sun Dome in Tampa with the current card reported to be the following:

  • Joe Lauzon vs. Hermes Franca
  • Mac Danzig vs. Josh Neer
  • Amir Sadollah vs. Nick Catone
  • Cain Velasquez vs. Denis Stojnic
  • Anthony Johnson vs. Luigi Fioravanti
  • Jake Rosholt vs. Dan Miller
  • Rich Clementi vs. Gleison Tibau
  • Kurt Pellegrino vs. Rob Emerson
  • Matt Riddle vs. Steve Bruno
  • Matt Grice vs. George Sotiropoulos
  • dpk says:

    Rosholt’s night just got a lot tougher, I’d be surprised if he pulls this one out.

  • goodguy878 says:

    Rosholt was getting worked on his feet in his last fight. This may not be a great debut in the UFC for him. I think that I am most intrigued by the Johnson v. Fioravanti fight. Should be a great stand-up war

  • DaveyD says:

    I agree…at this level, there aren’t really any easy fight’s for anyone. This will be a very good determining factor to see just how well Rosholt can perform under pressure. I think this will be an outstanding fight.


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