UFC 149, which goes down next Saturday night from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. was originally expected to feature a UFC featherweight championship contest between Jose Aldo and Erik Koch. Aldo, however, was injured and forced out.
That happens many times with UFC events. What made this one different was the injuries continued. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua was removed to fill a void on another card, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira was knocked out after complications from his broken arm arose.
In all, nine fighters were lost to injury and two other fights were moved around.
Now, the card boasts Urijah Faber and Renan Barao for the interim UFC bantamweight title, a key middleweight contest between ex-Bellator champion Hector Lombard and Tim Boetsch, and a heavyweight collision that features Cheick Kongo and Shawn Jordan.
“I’d say this one wins. This is the winner,” said White, during a recent media conference call, when asked if this was the most injury-riddled event in UFC history. “We lost nine to injury and had to move two other fights. So I would say, yes, this was the craziest card of all time.”
White continued to hype the event, as only he can, remarking that it is the first visit to Calgary by the UFC. He added that he believes the fans will turn out, and that only the ticket scalpers are the ones being hurt by all the changes in the card.
“If you look at our track record, when things fall apart, we put cards back together,” White said. “The fact of the matter is we always deliver. If this was a boxing card, this card would have been postponed. We built another card and the fighters stepped up and took these big fights.”
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