Jose Aldo out of UFC 149, Barao vs. Faber in as main event

by Ryan McKinnell | source:

Showdown Joe Ferarro broke the unfortunate story.

Joe Ferraro ‏@ShowdownJoe
Jose Aldo injured; bout vs Erik Koch postponed. New UFC 149 main event will be @UrijahFaber vs Renan Barao.

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UFC 149 headliner Jose Aldo has been forced to withdraw due to injury from his main event fight with Eric Koch for the Featherweight Championship.

UFC 149 will now feature a main event fight for the Interim Bantamweight Championship, as Urijah Faber takes on Renan Barao. This main event is being brought over from UFC 148.

Barao was actually a replacement fighter for champion Dominick Cruz. Cruz, who was featured on the most recent season of the reality show The Ultimate Fighter, was set to fight rival coach Faber, but was forced to pull out with a knee injury.

Due to Aldo’s injury, the UFC is in dire need of a name value to break in to the Calgary market at UFC 149. With Faber they get a marketable and fairly well-known commodity, even up north in Canada. Barao hosts a devastating arsenal of strikes and isn’t afraid to get creative with his delivery. In short, you can expect an exciting fight.

Barao vs. Faber was set to be the co-main event to Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen 2. Now, the co-main event will most likely be Forrest Griffin vs. Tito Ortiz for the third time, in what Ortiz has stated will be the final fight of his career.

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tags: UFC 149   Jose Aldo (detail)  Renan Barao (detail)  Urijah Faber (detail)  


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w9 site profile image  

6/11/12 3:52 PM by w9

UFC announce random drug testing; fighters announce injuries.lmfao.

WatchinMMA site profile image  

6/11/12 3:41 PM by WatchinMMA

TTT. The UFC is really screwing itself here. Sounds like a shit ton of really hardcore fans they are pissing off. Really stupid move but I dont give a shit about them anymore

Il Duce site profile image  

6/11/12 3:32 PM by Il Duce

Same, 148 would be the fourth live event for me. Paid high dollar for 137 as well and that card got ripped to shreds, but we still went. That isn't gonna happen again. Accepting the loss on whatever we sell the tickets for and moving on. Can't justify buying tickets for another event after this. Yup, paid for a steak and getting a hot dog, or something along those lines. Really disappointing.

newjack900 site profile image  

6/11/12 1:47 PM by newjack900

Another day, another high profile fighter getting injured during training.

SHOGUN250 site profile image  

6/11/12 1:38 PM by SHOGUN250

Compared to 149 though that's nothing.... 149 is going to do absolutely DISMAL ppv buys because of how the card has fallen off...... not to mention tickets were insanely expensive for it as well, being the first time in Calgary

Dreamer site profile image  

6/11/12 1:35 PM by Dreamer

The fact is people spent a shitload on tickets as they were the highest priced tickets for a Ufc due to it being such a stacked card. Had it been the current card when they went on sale they prob would have been a fraction of the price. I thinj thats why many are upset.

bruce555 site profile image  

6/11/12 1:32 PM by bruce555

Ya I was talking moving Tito Forrest to 149. If I had 148's main event I wouldnt care if anyone else was fighting that night.

SHOGUN250 site profile image  

6/11/12 12:50 PM by SHOGUN250

Seriously, why are people complaining about 148??? If anything they SHOULD move either Tito/Forrest or Cung/Cote (which I would much prefer) over to co-main 149........ you guys have the biggest headliner in 2012, plus stun gun/maia and an absolutely loaded undercard.....

whoabro site profile image  

6/11/12 12:33 PM by whoabro

Honestly, I don't even bother paying attention to who's on the card until a week or two before the event, because there's no point given that seriously like 60% of fights end up getting scrapped/moved due to injuries. It's absurd.

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6/11/12 12:21 PM by Chigurh

Don't worry about it man. The dude must think he is a English professor or something. I understood what you meant, and i'm glad to hear from you guys from across the pond.