Mike Chiesa has been forced to bow out of a planned battle with fellow Ultimate Fighter winner Tony Ferguson next month at UFC Fight Night 91.
Officials are working to secure a replacement to keep Ferguson in the headline bout that will see the Octagon debut in South Dakota. The main card airs live on FOX Sports 1.
Below is a post from Chiesa detailing the injury:
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.
And here is the current fight card:
Lightweight: Tony Ferguson vs. TBA
Bantamweight: John Lineker vs. Michael McDonald
Middleweight: Tim Boetsch vs. Josh Samman
Lightweight: Scott Holtzman vs. Cody Pfister
Welterweight: Kyle Noke vs. Keita Nakamura
Flyweight: Ben Nguyen vs. Louis Smolka
Middleweight: Devin Clark vs. Alex Nicholson
Heavyweight: Daniel Omielanczuk vs. Oleksiy Oliynyk
Bantamweight: Rani Yahya vs. Matthew Lopez
Featherweight: Ryan Hall vs. Alex White
Middleweight: Sam Alvey vs. Eric Spicely