Bibiano Fernandes out of UFC 149
Bibiano Fernandes will not compete at UFC 149, but the bantamweight and the promotion differ as to the reason why.
After UFC announced Monday that Fernandes would not face Roland Delorme on July 21 due to an undisclosed injury, Fernandes said on his Facebook page later Monday that he won't appear at the Calgary, Alberta, event because he is not under contract with the promotion.
"I would like to make it clear that I am not a UFC athlete as I did not sign any contract with the UFC organization," Fernandez said. "Negotiations between UFC and myself did take place.
"However, we could not resolve the issues on the table and as a result we did not come to an agreement."
UFC president Dana White responded to Fernandes' comment by telling ESPN.com: "If he says he's not, then he must not be."
Ranked No. 7 among bantamweights by ESPN.com, Fernandez's withdrawal from UFC 149 comes two days after featherweight champion Jose Aldo was forced off the card with an undisclosed injury.
Fernandez (11-3) recently relinquished his Dream bantamweight crown to sign with UFC.
Delorme, a participant on Season 14 of "The Ultimate Fighter," was seeking to win his third official UFC bout. He has a professional mixed martial arts record of 8-1.
Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, welterweight contender Jon Fitch, middleweight contenders Brian Stann, Vitor Belfort and Michael Bisping are among the high-profile fighters who have recently pulled out of UFC bouts because of injuries.