Dan Miller Out for Son’s Surgery; Sean Pierson Draws New UFC 152 Opponent


Sean Pierson at UFC 124Ultimate Fighting Championship officials, following the UFC 151 cancellation, have moved swiftly to find new homes for many of next week’s scheduled bouts, but also had to deal with a fight change due to a positive circumstance.

Amidst all the reshuffling, UFC welterweight Dan Miller had to withdraw from the UFC 152 fight card slated of Sept. 22 in Toronto due to his son finally being granted a badly needed kidney transplant surgery.

That left Sean Pierson without an opponent, but that designation didn’t last long. UFC officials on Friday, less than 12 hours after announcing Miller’s withdrawal, revealed that Lance Benoist has agreed to step in to fight Pierson.

Pierson (12-6) saved his UFC tenure by defeating Jake Hecht at UFC on FX 3 in June. That marked Pierson’s first victory since losing back-to-back bouts to Jake Ellenberger and Dong Hyun Kim.

Fighting in his home city of Toronto, Pierson now takes on Benoist (6-1), who saw his undefeated professional record come to an end at the same UFC on FX 3 show where Pierson got back on track. Benoist lost a narrow split decision to Seth Baczynski.

Surely no one will be upset that a change had to come, however, as some things are bigger than sport, and Danny Miller Jr. is one of them. Coined the “toughest Miller” of the bunch by his uncle, UFC lightweight Jim Miller, Danny has battled polycystic kidney disease (PKD) since birth.

The surgery will hopefully alleviate much of the treatments that Danny has had to undergo, which has included undergoing dialysis treatments several times a week since the initial diagnosis.

The surgery is quite expensive, in the six figures range, and Danny will need ongoing medications that are expected to run into the thousands of dollars each month for at least the first year following the surgery.

If you would like to help Danny and his parents with the financial burden, please go to FundaFighter.com to make a donation on Dan Miller’s page.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 29 days ago
  • 2 views

Lots and lots of prospects, movie talk, and curious analogies take up your precious time with today's analysis of tomorrow's action Tulsa, Oklahoma. Welterweight Mike Pyle vs. Jordan Mein Pyle is a m read news >>

  • 29 days ago
  • 2 views

The 50th UFC Fight Night card has suffered a change. Ian Entwistle and Rob Font, who were scheduled to meet Dustin Kimura and Chris Beal, respectively, at the Fox Sports 1 card in Ledyard, Connecticu read news >>

  • 29 days ago
  • 37 views

UFC Fight Night 48: “Bisping vs. Le” takes place at Venetian Cotai Arena in Macau, China, and in the main event, Michael Bisping will be looking to shrug off his latest loss when he takes on former S read news >>

  • 29 days ago
  • 11 views

Sherdog.com has live updates of Saturday's UFC Fight Night “Bisping vs. Le” card starting at 6:30 a.m. ET. read news >>

  • 29 days ago
  • 1 views

The UFC is omnipresent. After hosting a show in China that will air live at 6:30 a.m. ET on Saturday, August 23, the promotion will turn around and present UFC Fight Night 49 on Sunday, which begins read news >>

  • 29 days ago
  • 30 views

For the third time in August, UFC brought thrilling matchups to the masses with an overseas Fight Night event featuring one of the best middleweight main events of the year. Michael Bisping, looking read news >>

  • 29 days ago
  • 2 views

UFC Fight Night 48 started the UFC's two-event day. The card took place in Macau, China, and underwhelmed nearly everyone. Up until the final two bouts, it could have been placed among the worst UFC read news >>

  • 29 days ago
  • 1 views

MACAU – Today’s UFC Fight Night 48 event drew an announced attendance of 7,022, which UFC executives classified as a sellout.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

  • 29 days ago
  • 38 views

A lightweight contest featuring former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson against Rafael dos Anjos rounds up the mixed martial arts (MMA) doubleheader action this weekend (Sat., Aug. 23, 2014) read news >>