For the first time in his career, he said, Jim Miller has to pull out of a fight.
Miller (32-16 MMA, 21-15 UFC) was set to take on Nikolas Motta (12-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in a lightweight bout on the main card at UFC Fight Night 192 next week. Instead, Miller posted in an Instagram video, he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is out of the fight.
UFC Fight Night 192 takes place Sept. 18 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The card streams on ESPN+. It is not yet known if Motta will remain on the card against a short-notice replacement or if he’ll be moved to a different card, potentially still against Miller.
Miller was set to step into the cage for a record 38th UFC appearance. Motta was set for his UFC debut.
Miller is coming off back-to-back unanimous decision losses to Vinc Pichel and Joe Solecki. He has gone 3-3 since the start of 2019 with submission wins over Roosevelt Roberts, Clay Guida and Jason Gonzalez.
Motta was scheduled to make his promotional debut in May against Damir Hadzovic, but suffered an injury and withdrew from the fight. A former CFFC lightweight champion, Motta signed with the UFC after a dominant decision win on Dana White’s Contender Series in 2020.
MAIN CARD (ESPN+, 7 p.m. ET)
Anthony Smith vs. Ryan Spann
Devin Clark vs. Ion Cutelaba
Nikolas Motta vs. TBA
Mandy Bohm vs. Ariane Lipski
Christos Giagos vs. Arman Tsarukyan
Antonio Arroyo vs. Joaquin Buckley
PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN+, 4 p.m. ET)
Tafon Nchukwi vs. Mike Rodriguez
Pannie Kianzad vs. Raquel Pennington
Tony Gravely vs. Nate Maness
Dakota Bush vs. Rong Zhu
JP Buys vs. Montel Jackson
Sarah Alpar vs. Erin Blanchfield
Carlston Harris vs. Impa Kasanganay
Heili Alateng vs. Gustavo Lopez
Hannah Goldy vs. Emily Whitmire