Jose Aldo-Erik Koch Title Bout Postponed; Urijah Faber-Renan Barao to Headline UFC 149
The UFC’s summer injury woes worsened Saturday, as promotion
officials announced that featherweight champion Jose Aldo
withdrawn from his UFC
headliner with Erik Koch
Aldo’s title clash with Koch has been “postponed,” according to an
official release, though a timetable for when the bout might occur
was not revealed. UFC 149 will now be headlined by a transplanted
interim bantamweight title fight between Urijah Faber
Barao. Faber and Barao were originally expected to collide July
7 at UFC
148 in Las Vegas but will instead square off two weeks later,
July 21, at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta.
A former World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight champion,
33-year-old Faber has won three of his last four outings. Faber
joined the UFC’s bantamweight ranks last year, outpointing another
ex-WEC titlist in Eddie
Wineland before challenging Dominick
Cruz in a rematch of their 2007 featherweight clash. Faber came
up short in last July’s return bout, and “The Dominator” retained
his UFC bantamweight title. The Californian was last seen
submitting yet another former WEC champion, Brian
Bowles, with a guillotine choke Nov. 19 at UFC 139.
Just 25 years old, Barao rides a 27-fight unbeaten streak into his
showdown with Faber. The Nova Uniao product has been perfect in his
UFC career thus far, outpointing Cole
Escovedo in his Octagon debut and closing out 2011 by
Pickett in November. Barao most recently competed at UFC 143 on
Feb. 4, decisioning former title challenger Scott
Jorgensen at UFC 143.
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