Mike Pyle. Photo by Esther Lin/AllElbows.com
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has added two recently rumored preliminary bouts to complete the fight card for UFC 128: Shogun vs. Evans, which is set to take place on March 19 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.
Riding momentum from an upset of heralded prospect John Hathaway, seasoned veteran Mike Pyle will return to action against grappling expert Ricardo Almeida and Dan Miller will join his brother Jim at the event, taking on oft-injured Nick Catone.
Prior to the Hathaway contest, Pyle had struggled in the UFC, splitting a quartet of bouts. Almeida bounced back from a tough loss to Matt Hughes last summer, winning a decision over T.J. Grant at UFC 124 last month.
After dropping three straight fights, Miller has reeled off two consecutive wins, submitting John Salter and grinding out a split decision over Joe Doerksen. His opponent, Catone last defeated Jesse Forbes at UFC Fight Night 20 in January of last year, dealing with a variety of injuries in the meantime.
The complete card for UFC 128 is as follows:
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Rashad Evans
Urijah Faber vs. Eddie Wineland
Jim Miller vs. Kamal Shalorus
Nate Marquardt vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama
Mirko Cro Cop vs. Brendan Schaub
Luiz Cane vs. Karlos Vemola
Edson Barbosa vs. Anthony Njokuani
Ricardo Almeida vs. Mike Pyle
Kurt Pellegrino vs. Gleison Tibau
Joseph Benavidez vs. Ian Loveland
Manny Gamburyan vs. Raphael Assuncao
Dan Miller vs. Nick Catone