With Michael Chiesa forced out of the UFC Fight Night 91 main event against fellow lightweight contender Tony Ferguson due to a back injury, the bantamweight bout between Michael McDonald and John Lineker has been elevated from the co-main event to the main event. Originally scheduled as a three-round bout, McDonald and Lineker will now become a five-round fight.
The event, which takes place on July 13 from the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, will be the first event the UFC has hosted in South Dakota.
Ferguson, who is ranked 3rd in the lightweight division, will remain on the fight card. He’ll face undefeated UFC newcomer Landon Vannata in the co-main event.
Vannata (8-0) fights out of the Jackson-Winklejohn gym in Albuquerque. The 24-year-old is unbeaten and has finished seven of his eight opponents.