UFC fanatic Thomas Chiang was thrilled when he found out a fight would be coming to Calgary this summer. Now, he says it’s not even worth watching on pay preview.
Chiang, along with 10 friends, purchased tickets for more than $600 under the impression that Jose Aldo would face Erik Koch in the featherweight title fight.
After Aldo withdrew due to injury, the card changed to bantamweight fighters Urijah Faber and Renan Barao for the July 21 bout.
The battle between Thiago Silva and Mauricio (Shogun) Rua was also scratched because Silva was injured.
“I’m really only going because I have the ticket,” said Chiang. “Now, nobody wants to go.”
Edmonton fan Matt Sinclair has already put his tickets up for sale and said he’d rather catch the fight in a pub.
“I feel pretty gutted,” he said. “I feel like getting “UFC 149ed” is a catch phrase now the event is so bad.”
UFC director of Canadian operations Tom Wright said unfortunately, it’s the nature of the sport.
“We’re disappointed that these things happen but it’s a reality in our sport that athletes get injured,” he said. “When the doors open and people come in to Scotiabank Saddledome, they’re going to be entertained.”
Fellow fighting fan Dan Cruickshank said he thinks the UFC overpromised and under-delivered.
“I understand it happens but I think Calgary deserves better.”