UFC Vegas 69 will feature Jim Miller’s debut against a fresh opponent. After Gabriel Benitez was forced to withdraw from the fight for reasons that have not been made public, Alexander Hernandez will step in on short notice to meet Miller on the show that will be held at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas on February 17.
On Thursday, a number of individuals who are familiar with the promotion’s future plans confirmed the news to media outlets. Miller, who already holds the record for most wins in UFC history with 24, will be looking to make it four wins in a row overall when he competes next. Most recently, Miller finished off Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone with a submission in the second round at UFC 276, which was really the last fight of Cerrone’s career.
Miller will now want to continue his winning streak against Hernandez, who will compete in the lightweight division for the first time since his previous fight took place at 145 pounds.
After making quite a statement in his UFC debut with a knockout win over Beneil Dariush in 2018, Hernandez has gone back and forth with wins and losses while building together a 5-5 overall record in the UFC.
When Hernandez takes on Miller as part of the UFC Vegas 69 card, which will be headlined by a flyweight fight between Erin Blanchfield and a former title challenger named Taila Santos, Hernandez will be looking to get back on track after suffering consecutive defeats. Miller will be Hernandez’s opponent in the fight.