A day after tweeting that Yoshihiro Akiyama was safe and would still make it to UFC 128 to fight Nate Marquardt following the devastating earthquake in Japan comes word from the UFC that Akiyama won’t be able to make the trip and is off the card. Akiyama has been replaced by Dan Miller who has originally scheduled to fight Nick Catone in the prelims.
UFC President Dana White announced today another change to next weekend’s main card. “Yoshihiro Akiyama will not be able to participate at UFC 128 due to the tragedy in Japan,” said White.
“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.”
It’s unclear if Catone will get a new opponent, or if they’ll merely shuffle him to a different card.