Next weekend’s UFC 276 card has taken quite a shuffle ahead of the promotion’s pay-per-view opener for the month of July – with a scheduled lightweight matchup featuring division staples, Bobby Green, and Jim Miller falling to the wayside.
Per an initial report from ESPN MMA reporter, Brett Okamoto – as confirmed by organizational officials this Thursday evening, Green has been removed from his matchup against Miller due to undisclosed reasons, with one-time lightweight title challenger, Donald Cerrone drafting in on just over a week’s notice to land a welterweight rematch with past opponent, Miller.
“Bobby Green is out of next week’s fight against Jim Miller for undisclosed reasons,” Brett Okamoto tweeted. “Cowboy Cerrone will fill his spot against Jim Miller at UFC 276 at 170 pounds, per UFC. Miller’s 40th. UFC fight, Cowboy’s 38th. (and 48th UFC/WEC appearance combined.”
Set to rematch this time at the welterweight limit, Donald Cerrone headlined a UFC Fight Night Atlantic City event against Miller at the lightweight limit back in 2014, stopping the New Jersey native with a thunderous head kick and follow-up strikes.
Slated to return to the Octagon in both April and at UFC Austin last weekend, Donald Cerrone was first forced to withdraw from a lightweight matchup against Joe Lauzon at UFC 274 due to food poisoning, before the latter suffered a knee injury on fight day – forcing his removal from the Texas event.
For Miller, the veteran lightweight mainstay rides a two-fight winning spree into his rematch against Cerrone, most recently stopping both Erick Gonzalez and Nikolas Motta with knockout wins of his own in October and February, respectively.
Donald Cerrone is without a victory in the last 3 years
Cerrone, a one-time title challenger at 155lbs, is without a victory since a May 2019 win over Al Iaquinta – most recently suffering a one-sided first round knockout at the hands of Alex Morono at UFC Vegas 26 in May of last year.