SACRAMENTO, CA - Urijah Faber admits he was a little upset when he first learned his interim bantamweight championship fight had been switched from UFC 148 in Las Vegas to two weeks later at UFC 149 in Calgary, Canada.
"I'm really not happy about all the changes, but there is nothing I can do," Faber told News10. "The worst part about it I had a lot people coming to support me (in Las Vegas), because I had been promoting the same date for the past four months."
Orginally, Faber was supposed to fight Renan Barao as part of the co-main event at UFC 148 on July 7th. Many experts called the card one of the best of the year which included the Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen UFC Middleweight Championship bout, along with Tito Ortiz's retirement fight against Forrest Griffin.
"I was really happy to be a part of that," said Faber. "But my event is going to be awesome as well. Barao and myself have a chance to be fight of the year."
The main reason for the Las Vegas to Calgary switch. Jose Aldo, who was defending UFC Featherweight Title against Eric Koch had to drop out because of injury. The Faber-Barao fight is now the main event for UFC 149 on July 21st.
"I know there is alot of great Canadian fans," Faber said. "Style wise we match up really great to make an exciting fight, it is for a world title, it is going to be good."
UFC 149 - Calgary, Canada - Saturday July 21st - Scotiabank Saddledome
- Urijah Faber vs. Renan Barao
- Hector Lombard vs. Tim Boetsch
- Minotauro Nogueira vs. Cheick Kongo
- Court McGee vs. Nick Ring
- Ryan Jimmo vs. Anthony Perosh
- Bryan Caraway vs. Mitch Gagnon
- George Roop vs. Antonio Carvalho