On Tuesday the UFC announced that two additional middleweight matchups have been added to the official card for UFC 90 “Silva vs. Cote” as Goran Reljic will drop from light heavyweight to 185-pounds to take on up-and-comer Thales Leites and Ricardo Almeida will look to bounce back from his first loss in eight bouts against former IFL middleweight champ Matt Horwich:
“Known primarily for his ground game thanks to an unbeaten record that saw him five of his first seven bouts by submission, Zagreb, Croatiaâ€™s Reljic (8-0) instead showed a vicious standup attack in his UFC debut at UFC 84 in May as he stopped light heavyweight contender Wilson Gouveia in the second round. On October 25th, Reljic will drop down to middleweight to take on Rio De Janeiro, Brazilâ€™s Thales Leites (13-1), who is on a four fight winning streak, with UFC victories over Pete Sell, Floyd Sword, Ryan Jensen, and most recently, Nate Marquardt.
A five year veteran with a pro MMA record of 23-10-1, Gresham, Oregonâ€™s Horwich will
finally make his long-awaited UFC debut this October, and with wins over Octagon vets Josh Burkman, Jason MacDonald, Vernon White, and Benji Radach already under his belt, this 29-year old battler should fit right in. Standing across from him on fight night though will be a formidable foe in Almeida (9-3), one of the sportâ€™s best ground fighters and winner of seven of his last eight bouts, with victories coming over the likes of Nate Marquardt, Ryo Chonan, and Kazuo Misaki.”