After his second round submission victory of Beneil Dariush at UFC on FOX 19, former Ultimate Fighter Season 15 (TUF 15) winner Michael Chiesa proceeded to call out No. 3-ranked Tony Ferguson to a 155-pound clash.
Ferguson gladly accepted the contest and the two were set to square off in the main event of UFC Fight Night 91 in July.
Sadly Chiesa revealed on Twitter today that due to an unfortunate back injury suffered in training camp, he has been forced to pull out of the highly-anticipated lightweight bout:
“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 and rehab 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. – Mav”
The UFC is currently in the process of finding Ferguson a new opponent.
UFC Fight Night 91 is set to go down live on FS1 from the Denny Stanford Premier Center, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on July 13, 2016.