by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
A middleweight bout has been confirmed for UFC Fight Night 19 in Oklahoma City on Sept. 19, as New Jersey native Dan Miller returns to action to face former All-American wrestler Aaron Simpson.
The news was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the fight on Thursday.
There were rumors circling a few weeks ago that Miller and Simpson would fight, but after much speculation, Team Quest fighter Ed Herman was picked to face Simpson instead.
Now, Herman has been pulled out to step in for an injured James Irvin on the upcoming Aug. 29 UFC 102 fight card to face Wilson Gouveia. Miller will take his slot on the Oklahoma City card.
Miller was on the fast track to success in the UFC, winning his first three fights in the Octagon, before being derailed in his last bout by Chael Sonnen via unanimous decision.
Now the AMA Fight Club team member faces another strong wrestler in Simpson, who currently stands at 1-0 in the UFC after a TKO win over former teammate Tim McKenzie in April.
Simpson, a former coach at Arizona State, is a top prospect who trains out of Arizona Combat Sports along with former students Ryan Bader and C.B. Dollaway.
A former “American Gladiators” contestant, Simpson has tremendous wrestling, but has also shown great power with his punches. In his only WEC fight, he knocked out David Avellan in 18 seconds.
There is no word at this time if the bout between Simpson and Miller will make the main card or undercard for the event.