That was fast.
Just a few days after lightweight slugger Al Iaquinta announced his "Big Apple" withdrawal (because of this), Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) asked Jim Miller to replace him against Thiago Alves at the upcoming UFC 205 pay-per-view (PPV) event, locked and loaded for Nov. 12, 2016 inside Madison Square Garden in New York City.
MMA Junkie brought word of the switcheroo on Tuesday.
Alves (21-10) will be making his lightweight debut after a lengthy mixed martial arts (MMA) career at 170 pounds. The hard-hitting Brazilian has been sidelined since 2015 with injuries and has not competed since getting stopped by Carlos Condit at UFC Fight Night 67.
He needs a win ... badly.
Miller (27-8, 1 NC) was able to slam the brakes on a two-fight skid, courtesy of consecutive wins over Takanori Gomi and Joe Lauzon, the latter of which took place at UFC on FOX 21 just last month in Chicago. A big finish over "The Pitbull" could put him back in the top 15.
UFC 205 will feature the first title defense of welterweight kingpin Tyron Woodley, as he collides with top contender Stephen Thompson. Elsewhere on the card, Yoel Romero looks for redemption against ex-middleweight titleholder Chris Weidman.