UFC 149 has undergone quite the makeover in merely seven days. After watching featherweight king Jose Aldo pull out of the show’s featured attraction with an injury, the card’s co-main event has now made a swap.
On Saturday, the organization announced Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira’s (Pictured) broken right arm has not completely healed after Frank Mir snapped it in two this past December. The former heavyweight champion will have to withdraw from his scrap against Cheick Kongo, which has opened the door for Shawn Jordan to serve as substitute.
Kongo was upset by Mark Hunt at UFC 144 in February. The bout marked the 36-year-old’s first defeat since getting submitted by Mir in December 2009.
Jordan successfully made his big league debut by scoring a TKO victory over Oli Thompson at “UFC on FX 2” in March. It marked the former Strikeforce star’s fourth win in his past five outings.
No word if the tango between Kongo and Jordan will still receive second-to-top billing. It’s possible the middleweight shootout with Hector Lombard and Tim Boetsch could receive the promotion.
Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada hosts the July 21st festivities.
Here is the card’s revised roster:
Roland Delorme vs. TBD
Ryan Jimmo vs. Anthony Perosh
Mitch Clarke vs. Anton Kuivanen
Claude Patrick vs. James Head
Bryan Caraway vs. Mitch Gagnon
George Roop vs. Antonio Carvalho
Court McGee vs. Nick Ring
Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Chris Clements
Hector Lombard vs. Tim Boetsch
Shawn Jordan vs. Cheick Kongo
Urijah Faber vs. Renan Barao (For UFC interim bantamweight title)