Riddled by injuries and slow-paced fights, UFC 149 is one of the weakest cards PPV cards, ever.
UFC 149 was another nightmare for the UFC. However, it was even worse for the fans that bought the card (UFC 122 was aired on Spike TV).
For those who do not remember, UFC 149 was one of the most injury-filled cards in recent memory. The original headline was Jose Aldo vs. Erik Koch. Aldo had to pull out of the bout, and the UFC then replaced it with UFC 148's co-main event, an interim bantamweight championship bout between Urijah Faber and Renan Barao.
Even that fight, in fact, was meant to be a championship bout between Dominick Cruz and Faber, but Cruz suffered a knee injury during the taping of The Ultimate Fighter: Live.
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua was rumored to appear somewhere on the card, most notably against Thiago Silva. Silva, though, ended up throwing out his back and dropped out; leaving Rua without an opponent and, thus, off the card (he is now appearing on UFC on Fox 4 against Brandon Vera).
A sure-to-be-exciting bout between Thiago Alves and Yoshihiro Akiyama was also scheduled...until Akiyama was injured and replaced by Siyar Bahadurzada. Alves, realizing that getting hurt is the cool thing to do, pulled out of the bout with an “undisclosed injury” and was replaced by Chris Clements. Bahadurzada followed suit and...well. You know what? I am just going to stop right there. You get it. There were a lot of injuries.
On to the fights! Chris Clements vs. Matt Riddle (by the way, Matt Riddle ended up in there) ended up being the only fight to not have a decision with a third-round submission.
James Head and Brian Ebersole started strong and faded, and was then capped with a questionable split decision in favor of Head. Cheick Kongo and Shawn Jordan ended up in a clinch fest that drew a great deal of ire from Dana White. Tim Boetsch vs. Hector Lombard had a great deal of hype—due to Lombard's Bellator pedigree—but failed to excite fans and ended with the night's second split decision.
Finally, Faber vs. Barao came around and, though it was not a bad fight, Barao got off to a convincing lead and was more than content to bring it to the judges. He had the belt strapped around him to the tune of boos from a disgruntled and disappointed crowd and did very little to save an all-around weak card.
Dana White threw a great deal of criticism around afterward, but that did very little to make up for the money each fan burned by buying the event.