With the UFC making its way to Calgary for the first time, UFC 149 is starting to see its first few official matchups for the event, as hometown middleweight Nick Ring will once again take on Court McGee, along with Bryan Caraway taking on Mitch Gagnon. Both matchups are expected to take place on the preliminary card for the event that takes place on July 21st from the Scotiabank Saddledome in downtown Calgary.
McGee (13-2), winner of the 11th season of The Ultimate Fighter, will look to rebound from his first career UFC loss, which he suffered earlier this month at UFC on FX 2 to Costa Philippou. The Utah fan-favorite will be fighting Ring for the second time, hoping to avenge the loss that he suffered during the preliminary rounds of the show. He was a quarterfinal replacement due to an injury suffered by Rich Attonito. He then went on every remaining fight, ending with being crowned The Ultimate Fighter champion.
Ring (12-1) will also be looking for revenge, as he will be fighting for the first time since suffering his first career loss at UFC 135 in September to Tim Boetsch. Prior to that loss, Ring started his UFC career off with two consecutive wins, winning a closely contested decision over Riki Fukuda, then submitting James Head at UFC 131 in June 2011. He will be fighting in his hometown of Calgary for the first time since February 2003.
Bantamweight Bryan Caraway (16-5), also a former contestant on The Ultimate Fighter, will be fighting for the first time since winning his UFC debut at The Ultimate Fighter season 14 finale in December. “Kid Lightning” defeated Dustin Neace via 2nd round submission, the 14th submission victory of his career.
He will face Canadian Mitch Gagnon (8-1), who will be making his UFC debut. His debut was expected to take place at UFC on Fox 2 in January, but Gagnon was forced to withdraw due to visa issues. The submission specialist, with 7 of his 8 victories coming by way of submission, will look to extend his 6 fight win-streak.
UFC 149 takes place on July 21st, and will be headlined by a featherweight championship fight featuring UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and an opponent to-be-named.
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