UFC 149 Fight Card: 3 Fights You Don't Want to Miss

Jeffrey McKinneyContributor IIIJuly 21, 2012

Photo by MMAJunkie
Photo by MMAJunkie

On a night that should have many great moments, fans may remember UFC 149 most for what didn't happen. 

Tonight was suppose to be a night that featured stars like Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Michael Bisping and Jose Aldo. 

Despite this, fans will get to see an interim bantamweight title fight between Urijah Faber and Renan Barao, Hector Lombard making his UFC debut and the unpredictable Brian Ebersole fighting for the second time in four weeks. 

While it may not be the blockbuster card that it was originally planned to be, there are still some exciting fights that you should not miss. Here's a look at the top three. 


Brian Ebersole vs. James Head

When ever Brian Ebersole fights, you can expect the unexpected. 

Ebersole has an unorthodox style that can either make for an exciting fight, or lead you to question what in the world he's doing. 

Ebersole is looking for his second win in about four weeks time and his 11th straight victory overall. 

While the vet claimed he was going to drop to lightweight, a call to face James Head tonight has him on a different path. 

Head is pretty well rounded and out of his eight wins, has only won by decision once. 

This should be a fun fight to watch that could go to either fighter. 


Hector Lombard vs. Tim Boetsch

Long time Bellator middleweight champ Hector Lombard will finally make his UFC debut tonight. 

He won't have it easy though as he takes on a very game Tim Boetsch. 

Boetsch is coming off of a come-from-behind win over Yushin Okami, while Lombard brings his 20-fight winning steak to the Octagon with him. 

While Lombard has defeated guys like Brian Ebersole and James Te-Huna, fighting on the big stage that is the UFC is a lot different than the smaller shows. 

Because both fighters love to stand and bang, this fight could very well end in the first round by vicious KO. 


Urijah Faber vs. Renan Barao

Although this isn't Faber vs. Cruz III, this is still a great championship fight.

Barao has been on a lengthy winning streak, but has never faced somebody on the same level as Faber. 

Faber has been in many big name and championship fights. But age and the battles he's been in could be starting to wear on him. 

While some may feel strongly one way or the other, this fight may be closer than many fans are expecting. 


Which fight are you looking forward to the most? Share your thoughts!