It was revealed earlier today by MMAJunkie that “The New York Badass” Phil Baroni was forced out of a scheduled bout with John Salter with a collarbone injury. That preliminary card bout was to take place at UFC 118. Now, MMAJunkie is reporting that New Jersey native Dan Miller will be replacing Baroni against Salter and that the bout will retain its spot on the un-aired preliminary card.
Miller, a grappling specialist, made his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Neerin September, 2008, against Rob Kimmons where he won via submission (rear naked choke). Miller would go on to rack up two more victories in the UFC (over Matt Horwich and Jake Rosholt, respectively) before entering into a three fight losing streak; currently still riding that skid, Miller notched his losses to current number one contender Chael Sonnen, previous number one contender Demian Maia, and, most recently, UK standout Michael Bisping.
Also favoring a grappling-centric style, John Salter has competed twice under the UFC banner. He made his Octagon debut against Gerald Harris in January of 2010 at UFC Fight Night 20: Maynard vs. Diaz and lost that bout via third round TKO (strikes). His most recent performance came against Canadian Jason MacDonald where Salter won via TKO (injury) and drew some criticism for raising his hands and cheering in victory after MacDonald went down due to a grisly broken leg.
UFC 118 is scheduled to go down this August 28th at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The card will feature a headline bout between UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar and former UFC Lightweight Champion BJ Penn (for the title), also Randy “The Natural” Couture will be taking on boxer James “Lights Out” Toney in a heavyweight tilt.