The upcoming UFC "Fight for the Troops" show has undergone a last minute change as lightweight competitor Frankie Edgar has been forced off the card with an undisclosed injury. Stepping in to replace him is up and coming 155-pound star Jim Miller, who takes the fight against Matt Wiman on just over one week's notice.
The new fight was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the situation.
Miller walks into the UFC Fight for the Troops show with a 1-0 record in the Octagon after winning his debut fight for the promotion against David Baron at UFC 89 in England.
Working out of the AMA Fight Club in New Jersey, Miller trains alongside his brother and fellow UFC fighter, Dan Miller, along with lead trainers MikeConstantino and Jamie Cruz, a Renzo Gracie black belt.
Miller's competition will be former "Ultimate Fighter" cast member Wiman, who is currently on a four-fight win streak in the UFC, including a knockout victory over Thiago Tavares in his last bout at UFC 85 in June.
The bout between Miller and Wiman is still likely to end up on the main televised portion of the card on Spike TV, which is planning a three-hour telecast for the event.
The special live UFC fight card will raise funds to build a hospital for traumatic brain injuries for the brave men and women in the United States Armed Forces. Thousands of soldiers from nearby Fort Bragg, the proud home of the U.S. Airborne and Special Operations Forces, will be in attendance. More information about the facility, including ways to donate, can be found online at www.fallenheroesfund.org or by calling 1-800-340-HERO.