The injury bug continues to make its presence felt in 2016. This time it is UFC lightweight contender Michael Chiesa who is the latest to be afflicted, as Chiesa has been forced to withdraw from his main event slot opposite Tony Ferguson on July 13 at UFC Fight Night 91 due to a back injury.
MMA Fighting confirmed the news Monday following an initial report from MMA Junkie. The UFC is currently searching for a replacement opponent to fight Ferguson on a two weeks’ notice at UFC Fight Night 91.
Chiesa revealed in a subsequent Twitter post that he suffered a fully ruptured disk while training and will have to undergo eight weeks of physical therapy to avoid surgery.
— Michael Chiesa (@MikeMav22) June 27, 2016
Ferguson (20-3) is the No. 3 ranked contender in the UFC’s official media-generated ranking. His seven-fight win streak is one of the most impressive marks in the lightweight division, however 2016 has been an unlucky year for him thus far.
Over recent months, the 32-year-old Ferguson has seen planned bouts against Michael Johnson and Khabib Nurmagomedov both fall through due to various circumstances. Now he will be forced to deal another switch on the fly, provided that the UFC is able to find him a suitable opponent on short notice for July 13.
UFC Fight Night 91 takes place at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. An updated fight card can be seen below.
Tony Ferguson vs. TBA
John Lineker vs. Michael McDonald
Tim Boetsch vs. Josh Samman
Alexey Oleinik vs. Daniel Omielanczuk
Keita Nakamura vs. Kyle Noke
Ben Nguyen vs. Louis Smolka
Ryan Hall vs. Alex White
Cortney Casey vs. Cristina Stanciu
Sam Alvey vs. Eric Spicely
Matthew Lopez vs. Rani Yahya
Devin Clark vs. Alex Nicholson
Scott Holtzman vs. Cody Pfister
….View full article
Source:: mma fighting