Earlier in the day on Friday UFC President Dana White had announced that Yoshihiro Akiyama would still appear on the UFC 128 card in New Jersey, but a few hours later that plan has changed.
Akiyama has been forced off the UFC 128 fight card due to the tragic earthquake felt in his home country of Japan.
In to replace Akiyama will be New Jersey native Dan Miller, who was slated to face Nick Catone on the card, and he will now take on Nate Marquardt instead. White announced the change on UFC.com.
“New Jersey native Dan Miller proves once again that he will fight anyone, anywhere, any time by agreeing to step up from the prelims to face Nate Marquardt,” said White. “Marquardt has long been a top ten ranked middleweight and Miller jumped at the opportunity to face him.”
The fight between Miller and Marquardt will remain on the main card of UFC 128, where he will fight alongside his brother Jim Miller who faces Kamal Shalorus on the same night.
There’s been no word if Nick Catone will remain on the card against a new opponent or not.