The hits keep on coming for UFC 108 as former lightweight champ Sean Sherk, a recently tapped replacement for Tyson Griffin, has withdrawn from his UFC 108 main card matchup against Jim Miller after recently suffering a cut above his eye that required stitches, NWI.com and MMA Weekly reported on Thursday.
Duane Ludwig will reportedly return to the UFC to take on Miller at the January 2 event in Las Vegas.
Ludwig (18-9) went 2-0 in previous bouts in the UFC, defeating Genki Sudo by split decision in 2003 and knocking out Jonathan Goulet in just 5-seconds (officially 11-seconds) in 2006, making it the unofficial fastest KO in UFC history. Since ’06, “Bang” has competed primarily for Strikeforce, where he went 3-4 including back-to-back wins over Sammy Morgan and Yves Edwards in 2008 before losing his most-recent bout to Lyle Beerbohm in June.
Miller (15-2), a one-time IFL fighter who made his UFC debut in 2008, has gone 4-1 in five fights inside the Octagon, losing to 155-pound contender Gray Maynard in March but has most-recently won back-to-back fights over Mac Danzig and Steve Lopez.
UFC 108 is headlined by Rashad Evans vs. Thiago Silva and also features Paul Daley vs. Dustin Hazelett, Joe Lauzon vs. Sam Stout, and Junior Dos Santos vs. Gilbert Yvel, while the event’s Spike TV-televised prelims include Dan Lauzon vs. Cole Miller and Martin Kampmann vs. Jacob Volkmann.
Pictured: Duane Ludwig