Undefeated promotional newcomer Sean Strickland (13-0) has been tapped as a replacement. UFC officials confirmed the switch Monday afternoon.
All but one of Strickland's wins have come under the King of the Cage banner. Nicknamed "Tarzan," the California native is a proven finisher, with 10 of his 13 contests ending via either knockout or submission, including eight inside the first round.
McDaniel (21-7), one of the early favorites of TUF 18, looks to rebound in a possible make-or-break situation after splitting his first two official UFC fights. The 30-year-old Greg Jackson product defeated Gilbert Smith via third-round submission in his UFC debut, before dropping a unanimous decision to Brad Tavares in his sophomore outing.
UFC 171 takes place March 15, 2014 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. An updated fight card can be seen below.