Joe Solecki will get a big test against a fighter with more experience than anyone in the UFC’s lightweight division. Or in the UFC period.
“Excited for the opportunity and ready to go to work,” Solecki said of the opportunity.
Miller last fought in August, where he lost a unanimous decision against Vinc “From Hell” Pichel. The UFC’s iron man, with 36 bouts inside the octagon, had been booked against Bobby Green at UFC 258 in February. But a disastrous weight cut for Green saw him collapse backstage in an extremely scary moment. The bout was called off, and it appears it will not be revisited for the time being.
In his last five fights, the 37-year old Miller is 3-2.
Solecki, a full decade younger than his opponent, has not tasted defeat in the UFC to date. The Contender Series alum has won both his octagon outings, against Matt Wiman and Austin Hubbard. He’s currently riding a five-fight win streak.
No official venue, location, or broadcast plans have been announced for the UFC’s April 10 event, although Las Vegas is likely. The card currently breaks down as follows:
Darren Till vs. Marvin Vettori
Nina Ansaroff vs. Mackenzie Dern
Jarjis Danho vs. Yorgan De Castro
Bea Malecki vs. Norma Dumont Viana
John Makdessi vs. Ignacio Bahamondes
Zak Cummings vs. Sam Alvey
Kyle Daukaus vs. Aliskhab Khizriev
Jordan Griffin vs. Luis Saldana
Sodiq Yusuff vs. Arnold Allen
Jack Shore vs. Hunter Azure
Daniel Rodriguez vs. Mike Perry
Da Un Jung vs. Shamil Gamzatov
Impa Kasanganay vs. Sasha Palatnikov
Scott Holtzman vs. Mateusz Gamrot
Jim Miller vs. Joe Solecki