However, the company hasn’t wasted any time in naming a new main event for the card, as bantamweights Urijah Faber and Renan Barao will battle it out for the right to be named interim title-holder while divisional king Dominick Cruz recovers from a serious knee injury. Faber and Barao were originally set to meet a few weeks earlier at UFC 148.
UFC officials confirmed both nuggets of news this weekend. Aldo-Koch are still expected to fight at a later date.
Faber is a fan-favorite who has held Zuffa gold and recently coached a squad on the Ultimate Fighter 15 with his team ultimately featuring both of the season’s finalists. He holds an overall record of 26-5 with past wins over Brian Bowles, Jens Pulver, Jeff Curran, Bibiano Fernandes, Eddie Wineland, and even Cruz during their WEC days.
As good as “The California Kid” may be, his lone victory since being outpointed by Cruz last year pales in comparison to Barao’s 28-fight winning streak including UFC success against Cole Escovedo, Brad Pickett, and Scott Jorgensen. Nineteen of his total triumphs have involved some form of stoppage.
Other bouts booked for UFC 149 include Cheick Kongo-Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Tim Boetsch-Hector Lombard. Another significant scrap is expected to be added soon too after the card lost Mauricio Rua to the UFC on FOX 4 lineup.
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