Nikolas Motta Rebooked with Jim Miller on February 19

    Jim Miller, UFC on ESPN 5 Weigh-In Credit: Jay Anderson/Cageside Press

    The game of musical opponents for Nikolas Motta continues โ€” and his long awaited UFC debut has shifted dates yet again.

    Just days ago, Motta (12-3) was reportedly lined up for a fight with Drakkar Klose. Despite both fighters apparently confirming the booking, with contracts not having been signed, Motta has changed opponents and dates yet again. Per an announcement Friday by Iridium Sports Agency, Mottaโ€™s management firm, heโ€™ll now face Jim Miller (33-16) at the UFCโ€™s February 19 Fight Night event.

    Itโ€™s not Mottaโ€™s first time being linked to a fight with Miller. The pair were expected to face off in September, only for Miller to test positive for COVID-19.

    That was Mottaโ€™s second attempt at making his octagon debut. The first came in May of 2021, with the Brazilian forced out of a fight with Damir Hadzovic due to injury.

    Astoundingly, the original date with Motta was the first time Jim Miller had dropped out of a fight in his entire career. He got back to work, and back in the win column, in October, stopping Erick Gonzalez with a second-round KO.

    The UFCโ€™s February 19, 2022 event is expected to take place at the Apex in Las Vegas. The following fights have been reported for the card:

    Jesse Strader vs. Chad Anheliger
    Austin Lingo vs. Jonathan Pearce
    Chas Skelly vs. Mark Striegl
    Kyle Daukaus vs. Julian Marquez
    Khalid Taha vs. Mario Bautista
    Diana Belbiลฃฤƒ vs. Gloria de Paula
    Jessica-Rose Clark vs. Stephanie Egger
    Ilir Latifi vs. Alexander Romanov
    Johnny Walker vs. Jamahal Hill
    Rafael Fiziev vs. Rafael dos Anjos
    Cory McKenna vs. Elise Reed
    Jim Miller vs. Nikolas Motta

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