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Jose Aldo injury opens door for Urijah Faber-Renan Barao to headline UFC 149

The seemingly never-ending stream of injuries to UFC fighters continued over the weekend, as featherweight champion Jose Aldo has been pulled from a title-defense against Erik Koch at UFC 149 after suffering a health-related setback while training for the July 21 match-up. No specifics were offered on Aldo’s condition.

As a result, a bout for the interim bantamweight belt between Urijah Faber-Renan Barao has been moved for UFC 148 in order to serve in the main event spot previously held by Aldo-Koch.

UFC officials have confirmed both items. It is also believed the organization will add another fight to the card in order to beef it up for Canadian fans. Other scraps still attached to the lineup include Antonio Rodrigo Noguera-Cheick Kongo and Hector Lombard-Tim Boetsch.

Faber and Barao are both considered to be among the top 135ers in the sport. “The California Kid” is 26-5 in his career including wins over Dominick Cruz and Brian Bowles, while Barao has won 28 straight including victories against the likes of Scott Jorgensen and Brad Pickett.

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MMATraining Take: It’s a shame about Aldo but Faber/Barao is a good fight. What’s truly sad is how depleted UFC 148 has become after originally looking like the best card in the organization’s history.

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