Uriajah Faber (white trunks) fights Renan Barao (black trunks) during UFC 149 July 21, 2012 in Calgary, AB. Barao won by unanimous decison.
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CALGARY -- After shelling out hundreds of dollars -- and in some cases thousands -- for UFC149 tickets, some fans left the Saddledome disappointed Saturday.
"I would say, no, I didn't get my money's worth, which sucks, because I'm a big fan," said Craig Harper, who shelled out $230 along with three friends for tickets in the second level. "They weren't engaging or fighting each other.
"It was lacklustre, I'm not a fan of booing but I was booing. If I was Dana White, I'd be upset with my fighters."
Even the UFC president was upset. At the post-fight press conference, White conceded he was "embarrassed" by some of what he saw. "We broke the gate record tonight and I'm embarrassed by it," he said. "I was excited when I heard and now I'm embarrassed.
"The undercard delivered, they were awesome, the main card did not."
The live gate of $4.1 million set a new Saddledome record, besting the previous mark held by the Rolling Stones.
Many of the 16,089 fans in attendance didn't hold back during the sold-out, pay-per-view show, raining down loud choruses of boos -- along with chants of "refund" and another using a euphemism for cow manure during the main event.
Others took to social media to give White a few tweetfuls of their unhappiness, including Calgary energy mogul W. Brett Wilson.
"My view #DanaWhite overpromised and under delivered -- and owes Calgary a discounted repeat of #UFC149," he wrote on his feed. Some notable names from the fight game also expressed displeasure online, including UFC colour commentator Joe Rogan, who tweeted to his more than 753,000 followers, "Well ladies and gentlemen, that was not a good fight card. I enjoyed the prelims and the main event had its moments but overall not so good."
Even newly retired UFC fighter Kenny Florian, now an MMA analyst, wasn't impressed with what he saw.
"#UFC149 was not a good event but u can't have great events every time out," he wrote on the social networking website.
Despite the boos, White pledged a return to Calgary.
"We'll be back," he said. "Listen, we're going to have bad fights.
"I'm not happy that we had a bad fight tonight, it's not Calgary's problem, it's me and my boys'."
However, the poor showing wasn't enough for Harper to throw in the towel when it comes to buying tickets for the next Calgary show. "Two of my friends said they won't go back, it was just too disappointing," he said. "But I probably will, I'm a big fan."