An undisclosed injury has forced the postponement of Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto’s second Octagon appearance at UFC 130 next month. Stepping in for the highly-regarded Japanese bantamweight to face Chris Cariaso will be California native Michael McDonald.
The UFC announced the opponent change early this morning.
The former Tachi Palace Fighting 135-pound champion, 20-year-old McDonald (12-1) suffered his sole loss two years and five fights ago against Cole Escovedo, but avenged the loss to win the TPF strap.
11-2 in his MMA career, including a win and a loss in the WEC and a win in the UFC, Cariaso will have his hands equally full with Yamamoto’s replacement.
“Kid” is the second fighter in a week to bow out of the event due to injury. Brad Pickett was forced off of the card last week and was replaced by Demetrious Johnson (who incidentally, spoiled Yamamoto’s Octagon debut at UFC 126 in February) against former WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres.
UFC 130 features a main event lightweight championship bout between current champion Frankie Edgar and challenger Gray Maynard as well as main card bouts between light heavyweights Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Matt Hamill and heavyweights Frank Mir and Roy Nelson.