Michael McDonald at WEC 52

Michael McDonald after defeating Clint Godfrey

An injury has forced Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto out of UFC 130 and in to replace him will be Michael McDonald stepping to face Chris Cariaso on the May card.

The UFC announced the new bout late Wednesday

“Kid Yamamoto has withdrawn from his May 28th bout vs Chris Cariaso due to injury,” said UFC President Dana White. “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.”

McDonald was originally scheduled to return to action at UFC 133 against Nick Pace, but the chance to step up and fight in May instead obviously appealed to the young Californian.

McDonald is coming off a ‘Fight of the Night’ performance in his last bout at UFC Fight Night 24, where he defeated Edwin Figueroa in Seattle.

Cariaso enters the fight in May coming off a win over Will Campuzano in January at UFC Fight for the Troops 2.

The UFC hasn’t made an announcement regarding Pace’s involvement in the UFC 133 card in August, but he will likely remain on the card against a new opponent.

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