Yoshihiro Akiyama has withdrawn from next Saturday’s UFC 128 event following the disaster in his native Japan and fellow middleweight Dan Miller has stepped up to take his place and meet Nate Marquardt on the pay-per-view main card on March 19 in Newark, New Jersey.
“Yoshihiro Akiyama will not be able to participate at UFC 128 due to the tragedy in Japan,” UFC President Dana White announced 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,” added White. “Marquardt has long been a top ten ranked middleweight and Miller jumped at the opportunity to face him.”
Miller (13-4) was slated to face Nick Catone on the UFC 128 prelims after rebounding from a three-fight losing skid with back-to-back wins, while Marquardt (30-10-2) missed out on another title shot with a loss to Yushin Okami in November.
The UFC 128 fight card is headlined by light heavyweight champ Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Jon Jones.