Ba-da-dum, dum, dum, another one bites the dust ...
Phil Baroni has been forced to withdraw from his upcoming UFC 118: "Edgar vs. Penn 2" fight against John Salter on Aug. 28 in Boston, Mass., suffering a minor injury to his collarbone.
MMAmania.com today confirmed that middleweight ironman, Dan Miller, has once again stepped up on short notice to fill an important void on the under card.
Miller is on an uncharacteristic three-fight skid, losing his most recent bout to Michael Bisping via unanimous decision at UFC 114: "Evans vs. Rampage" back in May. Before the fight, he felt that he'd be "done" if he didn't pick up an important win, but the promotion clearly sees promise in an impressive nine-fight winning streak not too long ago, including an undefeated (3-0) start inside the Octagon.
Miller, who has continued to march on despite major family problems -- his son is battling a potentially life-threatening illness -- has all the tools to become a major player in the middleweight division.
Hopefully, he can use this upcoming fight against Salter to remind fans of why the UFC decided to have him stick around.
Salter is of course coming off a technical knockout victory over Jason MacDonald earlier this month at UFC 113: "Machida vs. Shogun 2" after MacDonald broke both his tibia and fibula in horrific fashion during the bout.
John dropped his Octagon debut to Gerald Harris at UFC Fight Night 20 via a hard-fought third round technical knockout. The up-and-comer was off to a perfect start (4-0) to his professional mixed martial arts career before the setback.
UFC 118 is set up to an absolute blockbuster card.
The three-headed monster will feature the rematch between Frankie Edgar and B.J. Penn for "The Answer's" lightweight title, a number one 155-pound contender bout in the form of Kenny Florian vs. Gray Maynard, and of course, the highly anticipated heavyweight fight between James Toney and Randy Couture.
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