It seems the only “break” the UFC can catch these past few months is the literal kind involving a bone rather than a moment of relief from adversity. After recently announcing injuries to significant players like Thiago Silva, Jon Fitch, Dominick Cruz, Thiago Alves, Michael Bisping, and Brian Stann, the organization suffered the biggest blow yet this weekend when it was revealed featherweight champion Jose Aldo was hurt while training for a July 21 title-defense against Erik Koch and had been forced out of the bout.
As a result, the UFC has moved a fight between 135-pounders Urijah Faber-Renan Barao into the UFC 149 headlining slot. The two, who were originally scheduled to scrap at UFC 148, will compete in a five-round affair for the interim bantamweight championship.
The UFC has confirmed Aldo’s status and the new bout. Another fight is also expected to be added to UFC 149 in the coming days.
Barao is on an incredible 28-fight winning streak including five straight under the Zuffa banner, while Faber is a fan-favorite who holds a 26-5 record and victories over Cruz, Eddie Wineland, and Brian Bowles.
UFC 149 is set for Calgary and will also feature fights such as Tim Boetsch-Hector Lombard and Cheick Kongo-Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Meanwhile, despite the removal of Faber-Barao from UFC 148 the lineup is still solid with a main event between middleweight king Anderson Silva and rival Chael Sonnen in addition to Patrick Cote-Cung Le and Forrest Griffin-Tito Ortiz facing off in earlier action.
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