UFC 149 Receives New Main Event as Faber Faces Barao for Interim Bantamweight Championship




Injury to Aldo forces postponement of featherweight title bout vs Koch

Las Vegas, Nevada – The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that there will be a new five-round main event at the upcoming sold out UFC® 149event, set to take place at the Scotiabank Saddledome, in Calgary, Alberta, on July 21.

Injury to Brazilian Jose Aldo has forced the postponement of his featherweight title bout vs Erik Koch and Calgary will now see a new main event with the interim UFC® bantamweight title bout between Urijah Faber and Renan Barao now taking place. The Faber-Barao was originally slated for UFC® 148 on July 7th.

Faber, the former WEC featherweight champion who is 3-1 at 135 lbs, faces the owner of the longest unbeaten streak in mixed martial arts in Barao. The Brazilian ‘Baron’ has not lost in 27 straight fights and has stormed his way to the top of the UFC’s 135 lbs division beating – in succession – Cole Escovedo, Brad Pickett and Scott Jorgensen.

Calgary’s card also awaits news of another bout to be announced later as Mauricio “Shogun” Rua’s bout against Thiago Silva was scratched due to an injury to Silva injury, and Rua was subsequently moved to headline the UFC’s August 4th event in Los Angeles vs Brandon Vera.

UFC® 149 will be available live on Pay-Per-View at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST on UFC.TV, iN DEMAND, DirecTV, DISH Network, Avail-TVN, and in Canada on Shaw Communications, Bell TV, Sasktel and Viewer’s Choice Canada for a suggested retail price of $44.99 US/$49.99 CAN for Standard Definition and $54.99 US/$59.99 CAN for High Definition.

For more information orcurrent fight news, visit www.ufc.com.  All bouts live and subject to change.

9 Responses to “ UFC 149 Receives New Main Event as Faber Faces Barao for Interim Bantamweight Championship ”

  1. j says:

    This event has turned into a sh!t show. It was a great event but now there is no one worth buying a ticket for

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  2. Cody Rempel says:

    Dammit…. Give us Silva vs. Sonnen instead!

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  3. KeeSmyth says:

    wow what a joke UFC wants you pay big bucks to come to the show and all the fighters they promised drop out week by week

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  4. Tyler Davis says:

    Ouch I was heartbroken already over shoguns fight

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  5. MixedMartialFarts says:

    Wow this card has lost some serious star power, despite that i think the fights will still deliver though.

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  6. jamon says:

    thinking of selling fix to some shill, ufc has gotta learn to cancel cards faber couldn’t headline a fx card

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  7. Rolls Royce says:

    I’m gonna make this show worth watching, time to pick up the slack

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  8. topmmafan says:

    You can be as negative towards the card as you want. The fact is, injuries do happen, more often then usual in this case and Dana and Joe have to scramble to try and bump fighter’s ahead to other card’s while filling present cards with fighter’s on short notice. The fighter’s also have to change complete game plans in most cases as there new opponents are the opposite to what their previous opponents were. We still get to see 8 Canadians fight on the card which is absolutely unbelievable. It will be a huge day for our Canadian fighter’s and the main card will still surely impress with the debut of Lombard, Kongo and Nog fighting it out and an interim bantamweight belt up for grabs. There’s no point in complaining, this is what it is and I am really looking forward to it, so should the rest of Canada!

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  9. Bigtoe says:

    Wow! This card has lost most of its star power! I’m sure the PPV buys will be shit on this one! However, as a spectator sitting in the 11th row on the floor, there are some very fun fights to watch and a ton of Canadians to cheer for!


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