UFC president Dana White was poised with a question Thursday during a media conference call for UFC 149: Faber vs. Barao. Is the card, which takes place July 21 from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the most injury-filled event in UFC history?
“I’d say this one wins. This is the winner,” White said. “We lost nine to injury and we had to move two other fights. So I would say, yes, this was the craziest card of all time.”
What was set to feature the likes of UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo, former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, and heavyweight legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira was turned into a Urijah Faber-Renan Barao main event for the interim UFC bantamweight title.
White, however, refused to say the card would suffer. The UFC has put together the Faber-Barao match, along with a key middleweight contest between Hector Lombard and Tim Boetsch. Plus, this will be the first time they have held a card in Calgary.
“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.”