June 10, 2012
Aldo withdraws from UFC 149
By JOSE RODRIGUEZ, QMI Agency
CALGARY - The curse of UFC 149 in Calgary has now claimed the main event.
Featherweight champ Jose Aldo has been forced to withdraw due to injury from his title defence bout against Erik Koch originally slated for the July 21 event.
Top billing will now go to an interim bantamweight title bout between Urijah Faber and Renan Barao.
The Faber-Barao tilt was originally slated for UFC 148 on July 7 but was moved to shore up some top names to a Calgary card that has been plagued with injury and lineup changes.
Earlier in the week, Thiago Silva was scratched from the co-main event against Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua due to injury. Rua was subsequently removed from the card to headline the UFC’s Aug. 4 event in Los Angeles against Brandon Vera.
An injury also forced Brit scrapper Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping from his fight against Tim Boetsch. UFC newcomer and former Bellator and Pride veteran Hector Lombard will replace Bisping.
Thiago Alves — who was originally set to face Yoshihiro Akiyama until an injury forced the Japanese fighter from the card — was himself injured and removed from the Calgary show.
His replacement opponent, Siyar Bahadurzada, will now face Chris Clements.
Of the originally announced main card for UFC 149, only the Cheick Kongo/Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira fight remains.
A replacement fight to fill the main card hole left by removing Rua from the Calgary event is expected to be announced soon.
Calgary’s new main event will feature one of the most recognizable fighters in the UFC in Faber.
The California native and former WEC featherweight champ is 3-1 at 135 lbs.
He will face 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 catapulted his way to the top of the UFC’s 135 lbs division. He has noteable victories over Cole Escovedo, Brad Pickett and Scott Jorgensen.
The entire Calgary card, barring any further changes, now looks like this:
• Urijah Faber vs. Renan Barao for interim bantamweight belt
• Yet to be announced fight
• Cheick Kongo vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
• Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Chris Clements
• Tim Boetsch vs. Hector Lombard
• Roland Delorme vs. Bibiano Fernandes
• Mitch Clarke vs. Anton Kuivanen
• Court McGee vs. Nick Ring
• Bryan Caraway vs. Mitch Gagnon
• Antonio Carvalho vs. George Roop
• Ryan Jimmo vs. Anthony Perosh
• James Head vs. Claude Patrick
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