It appears that the UFC was able to quickly find a replacement for Al Iaquinta, who withdrew from his UFC 205 bout against Thiago Alves due to issues with his pay.
Iaquinta last fought in April 2015, before the Reebok deal went into effect, when UFC fighters were still allowed to have their own sponsors on fight night. Now that he’ll be missing out on that big chunk of his income, the TUF 15 veteran doesn’t believe his level of pay is enough to cover his fight camp expenses and make a decent living. After failed negotiations with the promotion, this warranted his refusal to sign the bout agreement.
As a result, Jim Miller has been called on to take Iaquinta’s place and will face Alves in November. Alves tweeted the news of receiving a new opponent but MMAJunkie confirmed with sources that the opponent will be Miller.
Miller (27-8) has won two straight and is coming off of a split-decision victory over Joe Lauzon at UFC on FOX 21 in a rematch of their bout in 2012. Prior to that he defeated Takanori Gomi with a first-round TKO at UFC 200.
Alves (21-10), on the other hand, will be dropping down to 155-pounds for the very first time. He hasn’t fought since his loss to Carlos Condit in May 2015.
UFC 205 takes place at Madison Square Garden in NYC on November 12. So far, no main event for the card has been finalized but a welterweight title fight between champion Tyron Woodley and challenger Stephen Thompson is set for the event.