Michael Chiesa injured, out of main event bout against Tony Ferguson

The UFC has lost its main event bout for UFC Fight Night 91.

#10 ranked lightweight Michael Chiesa was expected to meet #3 ranked Tony Ferguson in the headlining bout of UFC Fight Night 91 in South Dakota before it was announced that Chiesa had injured his back and was forced to withdraw from the fight. So far, the UFC has not found an opponent to replace Chiesa on just over two weeks notice but it is likely that one will be announced soon enough.

Chiesa detailed the injury in a post on Twitter which can be read below:

"To my family, friends and fans,

As reported below, a back injury has forced me out of my scheduled fight for July 13th against Tony Ferguson. During a routine training session, I felt a pop and shift in my lower back followed by very very sharp pains that left me on the floor. I found out today I have a fully ruptured disk, I will undergo 8 weeks of physical therapy to hopefully avoid having to go under the knife and get back surgery. Thanks to everyone that supports me, my teammates and coaches, the city of Spokane and all my fans around the world. I’ll be back stronger.


A few months back, Tony Ferguson was expected to face Khabib Nurmagomedov in the main event of UFC on FOX 19 but was forced to withdraw after suffering from a potentially fatal lung issue. The 32-year old has won seven straight including five finishes with his only UFC loss coming at the hands of Michael Johnson.  Ferguson’s last bout was a submission win over Edson Barboza at the TUF 22 finale where he pocketed an extra $100k for earning two post-fight bonuses.

UFC Fight Night 91 is set to take place at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on July 13.


Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.


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