UFC 152: Dan Miller Withdraws as His Son Readies for Kidney Transplant

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UFC 152: Dan Miller Withdraws as His Son Readies for Kidney Transplant
Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE

The UFC has seen more than its fare share of fight cancellations as of late, with the biggest and far from best being the decision to scrap the entire UFC 151 fight card last week. 

With all the negativity flying around about that card being scrapped, it was refreshing to hear that a fighter had withdrawn from a scheduled bout for a positive reason.

That fighter was Dan Miller, and to call the circumstances of his withdrawal from UFC 152 unique would be an understatement.

Miller is known as one of those fighters who will take a fight against anyone, any time and anywhere. He fights—it's what he does, and it's who is his.

However, Miller can be excused for taking his leave from the Sept. 22 fight card because he will be doing so to care for his son, Danny Jr.

The two-year-old was born with a polycystic kidney disease, a disorder that results in enlarged kidneys and eventual kidney failure. For Danny Jr., that kidney failure came quickly; he lost kidney function when he was just two-and-a-half months old.

Since that time, Danny Jr. has had to undergo daily dialysis treatments. Luckily, he will be undergoing a kidney transplant in mid-September, per Mike Constantino of AMA Fight Club. Constantino revealed the great news to BloodyElbow.com via text message.

Miller was slated to face Sean Pierson on the UFC 152 card. Pierson will now face Lance Benoist.

Danny Jr. is expected to need a great deal of aftercare following the transplant, and to help ease the financial burden on the Miller family, the folks over at FundaFighter.com have set up a fundraising page for those wishing to make a donation.

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