UFC 89: Bisping vs. Leben

Date: October 18, 2008
Location: Birmingham, England
Venue: The National Indoor Arena (NIA)
Broadcast: Spike TV (tape delay)


Bisping will square off against Chris Leben in the main event of UFC 89 on October 19 at The National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England.

UFC fight fans waited for this day, to see Chris Leben and his knockout power and his strong jaw, and Michael with his great striking and great aggression.

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Michael Bisping

Bisping (16-1), a regular at UFC events in England, has recorded two straight TKO victories this year after suffering his first career loss to Rashad Evans last November at UFC 78. Meanwhile, Leben (18-4) has knocked out two straight opponents in Terry Martin and Alessio Sakara.

Chris Leben (18-4, 8-3 UFC) will enter the match up on a two-fight winning streak. He figures to test Bisping’s mettle at 185 pounds, as the 28-year-old Oregonian has delivered more than half (10) of his 18 career victories by KO or TKO. He holds wins against the American Kickboxing Academy’s Mike Swick, rising Canadian contender Patrick Cote and American Top Team teammates Benji Radach and Jorge Santiago.

Brandon Vera vs. Keith Jardine at UFC 89

Brandon Vera Vs. Keith Jardine in the light-heavyweight division is now also confirmed for the event. The bout is much needed for both as Jardine wants to quickly rebound from his beating at the hands of Wanderlei Silva at UFC 84, while Vera wants to look impressive coming off of a decision win over Reese Andy last month at Fight Night 14.

Lyoto Machida vs. Thiago Silva

UFC 89 will also feature a showdown between undefeated 205-pound standouts Lyoto Machida and Thiago Silva, the winner of which will undoubtedly find himself in position to challenge newly crowned champion Forrest Griffin.

The 30-year-old Machida (13-0) is considered to be among the top five 205-pounders in the world and has five straight victories since coming to the UFC, but have questions have remained about his marketability because four of his five octagon battles have gone to the judges’ scorecards. He did, however, score an impressive submission over Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou at UFC 79.

Silva, meanwhile, has the same 13-0 record as Machida, but has earned a reputation as a finisher, with only one of his fights going to a decision. The 25-year-old most recently defeated Antonio Mendes at UFC 84 after Mendes submitted due to strikes.

UFC 89 will also feature a showdown between Brandon Vera Vs. Keith Jardine and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou Vs. Luiz Cane, along with a welterweight bout pitting Marcus Davis against Bisping’s undefeated teammate, Paul Kelly.

The UFC has officially announced the long figured news that UFC 89 from Birmingham, England will air on SpikeTV free in the United States on tape delay.


Michael Bisping vs. Chris Leben

Lyoto Machida vs. Thiago Silva

Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Luiz Cane

Keith Jardine vs. Brandon Vera

Marcus Davis vs. Paul Kelly

Paul Taylor vs. Chris Lytle

Preliminary Bouts:

Akihiro Gono vs. Dan Hardy

Jess Liaudin vs. David Bielkheden

Sammy Schiavo vs. Per Eklund

Sam Stout vs. Terry Etim

Shane Carwin vs. Neil Wain

David Baron vs. Jim Miller

UFC 89 Bisping vs Leben Results

UFC 89 “Bisping vs. Leben” took place on Saturday, October 18th, at the NIA in Birmingham, England in front of a sellout crowd of over 10,000.

England’s own Michael Bisping topped fellow middleweight contender Chris Leben via unanimous decision to headline the the eleven-bout UFC 89 card.

-Michael Bisping def. Chris Leben via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

-Keith Jardine def. Brandon Vera via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

-Luiz Cane def. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou via TKO (strikes) — Round 2, 4:15

-Chris Lytle def. Paul Taylor via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)

-Marcus Davis def. Paul Kelly via submission (guillotine choke) — Round 2, 2:16

-Dan Hardy def. Akihiro Gono via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

-Shane Carwin def. Neil Wain via TKO (strikes) — Round 1, 1:31

-David Bielkheden def. Jess Liaudin via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

-Terry Etim def. Sam Stout via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

-Jim Miller def. David Baron via submission (rear naked choke) — Round 3, 3:19

-Per Eklund def. Sammy Schiavo via submission (rear naked choke) — Round 3, 1:47

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