Alex Caceres will step in for B.J. Penn and face Cole Miller at UFC 199, the promotion announced on Wednesday evening.
Penn was removed from the June 4 event due to an anti-doping policy violation, as he admitted to using an IV in excess of 50 mL in a six-hour period, a method which is prohibited both in- and out-of-competition. Penn was originally scheduled to face Dennis Siver at UFC 199, but Miller replaced Siver when the German fighter suffered an injury.
Caceres recently halted a three-bout skid at UFC on Fox 18, capturing a unanimous decision triumph over Masio Fullen on Jan. 30. “Bruce Leeroy” is 6-6 with one no contest over the course of a promotional tenure that began in 2011.
Miller is a veteran of 18 Octagon appearances. His most recent bout against Jim Alers at UFC on Fox 17 ended in a no contest due to an accidental eye poke by Alers in the second round.
UFC 199 takes place at The Forum in Los Angeles and is headlined by a middleweight championship clash between Luke Rockhold and Michael Bisping. In the co-main event, Dominick Cruz defends the bantamweight crown against Urijah Faber.