Despite a shifting line-up over the past few weeks, UFC 149: Aldo vs. Koch in Calgary is already sold out, according to UFC officials.
UFC 149 tickets went on sale to UFC Fight Club members on Thursday, newsletter subscribers on Friday, and the general public on Saturday. All the tickets to the July 21 event at the ScotiaBank Saddledome were quickly gobbled up.
Leading up to the on-sale date, there was some back and forth over what would happen with the headlining bout. When UFC 149 was announced several months ago, UFC president Dana White said featherweight champion Jose Aldo would likely headline the show.
When Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen’s rematch was moved from UFC 147 in Brazil to UFC 148 in Las Vegas, however, there was some consideration given to moving Aldo to UFC 147 to headline the card on his home turf.
When all was said and done, Aldo remained on the UFC 149 card, matched up with Erik Koch, a light heavyweight scrap between Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Thiago Silva was added, and Michael Bisping vs. Tim Boetsch slid over from the UFC 148 fight card to give fans in Calgary a strong line-up for their first taste of a live UFC event.
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