Though Japanese fighter Yoshihiro Akiyama is safe and well after the tragic earthquake in North-Eastern Japan yesterday which has so far claimed hundreds of lives, he has understandably now pulled out of his fight at UFC 128 next weekend.

In his place Dan Miller, who was originally scheduled to fight Nick Catone at the event, will step up to fight Nate Marquardt on the main card.

“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,” Dana White declared in a press release. “Marquardt has long been a top 10 ranked middleweight and Miller jumped at the opportunity to face him.”

This is certainly a big opportunity for Miller, who has bounced back from a three fight losing streak to win his last two fights.

Marquardt, who lost a close decision to Yushin Okami last year in a No.1 contender bout, is a tough opponent at any time though, and especially with just a week’s notice.