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UFC 149: Urijah Faber Will Face Renan Barao For Interim Bantamweight Title

The injury bug continues to plague planned UFC fights. If Dana White had any hair, he'd likely be spending a lot of his time these days pulling it out in frustration.

CSN Bay Area's Nitesh Dutt reports that UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo was forced to pull out of his main event title defense against Erik Koch at UFC 149 on July 21. Some face shuffling was needed in order to find a suitable replacement main event, but we may have ended up with an even better match out of the deal.

Sacramento native and fan favorite Urijah Faber was originally set to face Dominick Cruz in a co-main event at UFC 148, but Cruz is out with an ACL injury. Now, Faber will face off against Renan Barao to compete for the UFC Interim Bantamweight Title.

This is a great opportunity for Faber and definitely a worthy main event to make up for the loss of an Aldo defense. Bay Area MMA fans will definitely want to watch this one.

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