Hours after being unofficially confirmed as the replacement for an injured Yushin Okami, Ed Herman has apparently been bumped from the UFC 98 card for undisclosed reasons and replaced by Chael Sonnen, who will now meet Dan Miller on May 23rd in Las Vegas.
Sonnen (21-10-1), an import from the WEC following the demise of it’s middleweight division late last year, suffered a first-round submission loss to Demian Maia at UFC 95 in February in his UFC return. He had been booked to fight Wilson Gouveia at UFC 102 in August, but will square off with Miller in the interim. The August 29th matchup is still likely to take place, but hinges on the outcome of the May bout and Sonnen’s ability to emerge injury free.
Miller (11-1), a former IFL middleweight champion, is on the rise in the UFC’s 185-pound division with three-straight victories inside the octagon over Rob Kimmons, Matt Horwich, and Jake Rosholt.
I’m not sure Herman or Sonnen should be tagged as an “awesome replacement challenger,” but a late replacement is a late replacement.