Jim Miller has tested positive for Covid and as such has had to withdraw from his UFC Fight Night 192 bout against Niklas Motta next weekend.
“There’s a first time for everything,” Miller wrote on Instagram. “In the lead-up to my 50th professional fight, having never pulled out of a fight before, I tested positive for ‘rona. So I will not be fighting next weekend unfortunately. I’ve already talked to [UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby], gonna stay on the grind, take a few days, load up on some vitamins and minerals and medicine and get right back into it and potentially even fight as early as October 2nd.
“I’ve never been the type to really get bent out of shape by things I can’t control, so this is how it always happens, right? You grind for weeks, beating the s—t out of yourself getting ready for a fight and it’s always in the last two weeks that an illness or injury happens and this time it just happened to be corona. I’ll keep you guys posted.”
The 38-year-old veteran was looking to bounce back after suffering two losses in a row on the scorecards against Vinc Pichel and Joe Solecki.
In fact, his only victory in his last four outings was a submission win over Roosevelt Roberts last year, but it seems that he’s still hungry to compete and add to his tally of 37 UFC fights, which currently sees him tied for the most in the history of the promotion alongside Donald Cerrone.
As for Motta, he had been looking to make his UFC debut against Miller after winning his spot on the roster via the Contender Series, and it’s unclear at this stage whether he’ll be kept on the card against a short-notice replacement or not.