The UFC has announced that Japanese bantamweight star Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto has been forced out of his planned UFC 130 bout against Chris Cariaso and will be replaced on a month’s notice by up-and-comer Michael McDonald.
“‘Kid’ Yamamoto has withdrawn from his May 28th bout vs Chris Cariaso due to injury,” UFC president Dana White said in a press statement. “In his place will be UFC’s youngest fighter and one of it’s most exciting, Michael McDonald, who is coming off a recent Fight of The Night performance. Chris Cariaso carries a great record of his own with a fast style and he plans on cementing his place in the bantamweight division with a win over the highly touted prospect. Both have verbally agreed to the fight.”
20-year-old Michael McDonald fought once in the WEC prior to the UFC’s absorption of the promotion and its lower weight classes, defeating Clint Godfrey via first round submission. “Mayday” made his UFC debut this past March at UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Davis, where he took out a very game late replacement in Edwin Figueroa. Their rousing three rounder earned Fight of the Night honors. McDonald’s record sits at 12-1, with seven KO/TKOs, four submissions, and one decision. His lone loss came via TKO against Cole Escovedo.
Like McDonald, Cariaso was folded into the UFC after going 1-1 in the WEC. In his UFC debut, which came at UFC: Fight for the Troops 2 this past January, “Kamikaze” bested Will Campuzano after three rounds of fighting, earning himself a unanimous decision victory and increasing his record to 11-2.
UFC 130: Edgar vs. Maynard 3 goes down this May 28th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.