Jim Miller vs. Nikolas Motta changed bookings for February after 2021 cancellation



For the fourth time, Nikolas Motta has booked his official UFC debut. He no doubt hopes that this time it will hold.

Motta (12-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) was booked for a lightweight bout against Jim Miller (33-16 MMA, 22-15 UFC) at the UFC event on February 19. A person with knowledge of the booking confirmed the game against MMA Junkie following an initial announcement from Motta’s management team at Iridium sports agency.

The February 19 UFC event takes place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Details of the broadcast have yet to be announced, but the map will be broadcast and aired on a combination of ESPN and ESPN +.

Motta and Miller were scheduled to fight last September, but Miller had to withdraw from the fight when he tested positive for COVID-19. Motta chose a replacement opponent for the card at Cameron VanCamp, but the day before the fight that fight fell apart due to injury.

Motta was due to make his promotional debut in May 2021 against Damir Hadzovic, but suffered an injury and withdrew from the fight. Former CFFC lightweight champion Motta signed with the UFC after a dominant decision victory over Dana White’s Contender Series in 2020.

Miller suffered unanimous back-to-back defeats to Vinc Pichel and Joe Solecki when he was booked to fight Motta. After recovering from COVID-19, he was booked for a fight a month later against Erick Gonzalez, which he won by KO 14 seconds after the second round. Although he’s only 5-4 in his last nine fights, all five wins have been stoppage. The knockout was his first in over five years.

With this addition, the UFC lineup for February 19 now includes:

  • Kyle Daukaus vs. Julian Marquez

  • Jessica-Rose Clark vs. Stéphanie Egger

  • Chad Anheliger vs. Jesse Strader

  • Jim Miller vs. Nikolas Motta

  • Austin Lingo vs. Jonathan Pearce

  • Mario Bautista vs. Khalid Taha

  • Chas Skelly vs. Mark Striegl

  • Nasrat Haqparast v TBA

  • Ilir Latifi vs. Alexandr Romanov

  • Diana Belbita vs. Gloria de Paula

  • Jamahal Hill vs. Johnny Walker

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