INJURY FORCES MICHAEL CHIESA OUT OF UFC FIGHT NIGHT® BOUT AT DENNY SANFORD PREMIER CENTER

6/28/2016

A new main event is on tap for the July 13 UFC FIGHT NIGHT® event at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center.

John Lineker will square off against Michael McDonald in a five round main event Bantamweight bout. No. 3 Tony Ferguson will now face Landon Vannata in a Lightweight co-main event due to an injury suffered by No. 9 Michael Chiesa.

Currently riding a seven-fight winning streak, which is tied for the longest in the division, Ferguson (21-3, fighting out of Ventura, Calif.) is on a tear in the lightweight division. With a resume that boasts submission wins over Edson Barboza and Abel Trujillo, “El Cucuy” hopes another impressive win will earn him a crack at UFC gold.

Also on the card, Tim Boetsch (18-10, fighting out of Sunbury, Pa.) and Josh Samman (12-4, fighting out of Tallahassee, Fla.) clash in a pivotal middleweight bout. Boetsch is veteran of both the UFC light heavyweight and middleweight divisions who uses his veteran savvy to overwhelm his opponents, as seen in his knockout wins over Brad Tavares and Yushin Okami. “The Barbarian” hopes to once again showcase his brute strength and tenacity inside the 185-pound division. Meanwhile, Samman looks to match that tenacity and collect his fourth UFC win by finish. His aggressiveness has paid dividends, with 11 of his 12 professional wins coming by way of submission or knockout, including seven in the first-round. With these two ferocious athletes facing off, the fight could end at any moment.

Additional bouts include Sioux Falls native No. 15 Ben Nguyen (15-5, fighting out of Brisbane, Australia) vs. No. 12 Louis Smolka (10-1, fighting out of Kapolei, Hawaii) in a dynamic flyweight battle; and hometown hero Devin Clark (6-0, fighting out of Sioux Falls) vs. hard hitting light heavyweight Alex Nicholson (6-2, fighting out of Orlando, Fla.).

For the latest information on additional bouts for this event, please visit www.ufc.com. All bouts live and subject to change.

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT® will air live on FS1 at 8 p.m. CT on Wednesday, July 13, with the prelims kicking off the evening on FS1 at 6 p.m. CT.

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UFC Fan Expo® will take place from Friday, July 8 through Sunday, July 10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center as part of the 5th Annual UFC International Fight Week™. Tickets for UFC Fan Expo will be offered in various packages, with three-day passes beginning at $75 online. Two-day passes begin at $65, while one-day passes are $45. Fans can also purchase VIP elite packages for $300 or VIP ultimate packages for $3,000.

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