Lightweight contender Jim Miller will reportedly welcome undefeated former WEC contender Kamal Shalorus to the UFC and The Ultimate Fighter 12 participant Alex “Bruce Leroy” Caceres is rumored to face Mackens Semerzier in what would be the Octagon debut for both men.
MMAWeekly broke the news on the Miller vs. Shalorus bout, which is scheduled to take place at UFC 128 on March 19 in Neward, N.J. Miller is coming off of an impressive first round submission win over top prospect Charles Oliveira at UFC 124.
After the win, Miller, who is 8-1 in the UFC and 19-2 overall, argued his case for being near the front of the line for a title shot. His only losses have come against current champion Frankie Edgar and Edgar’s UFC 125 opponent Gray Maynard.
Although Shalorus hasn’t yet fought under the UFC logo, he’s undefeated (7-0-2) and brings heavy hands and solid leg kicks to the table along with his international wrestling experience. In his last bout at WEC 53, Shalorus edged out Bart Palaszewski to pick up a split decision win.
Meanwhile, MMAJunkie reported that Caceres and Semerzier will square off in a featherweight bout on the UFC Fight Night 24 card tentatively scheduled for March 26 in Seattle. Caceres (4-2) certainly raised his profile with his TUF 12 antics, but also pulled off a submission win over Jeff Lentz before losing a decision to eventual finalist Michael Johnson in the quarterfinals of the reality show competition.
Semerzier (5-3) doesn’t bring an impressive resume into the UFC, losing three straight WEC bouts after debuting with a surprise submission win over Wagney Fabiano. Nevertheless, he and Cub Swanson put on quite a show in their back-and-forth bout on Nov. 11 at WEC 52, which Swanson won via split decision.
In other news, MMAWeekly also confirmed that middleweights Aaron Simpson (7-2) and Mario Miranda (10-2) will go toe-to-toe at Fight Night 24. Both fighters are in need of a win. Simpson won his first three UFC bouts but has since lost two straight, and Miranda has lost in two of his three UFC appearances.