UFC News: Chris Leben vs. Michael Bisping at UFC 89

The UFC has been busy.  Not only is the new UFC Fight Night 14 ton July 19th taking shape, but more rumors are swirling for UFC 89.  Anderson Silva is scheduled to fight at both UFC Fight Night 14 against James Irvin at Light Heavyweight and at UFC 89 to defend his belt against Yushin Okami.  It has been reported that Silva will fight at both weight classes and will continue to defend his middleweight belt.  I am assuming that the fight with Okami at UFC 89 is conditional on how Silva comes out of his July 19th fight.  It should be plenty of time to recover though and get ready for Okami barring no injuries.  However, it is also rumored that on that card Michael Bisping will fight Chris Leben.  The fight was originally scheduled for UFC 85, but Leben was pulled due to his incarceration.  That should be an exciting fight as Leben has a strong chin and Bisping has looked incredible at 185.  It will be a great test for Bisping.  Also it is reported that newly signed English fighter, Dan Hardy will be debuting on that card which takes place in Birmingham, England.  Fighters Only Magazine reports:

Recent UFC signing Dan Hardy will make his debut for the organisation at UFC 89 in October, it is being rumoured. Several MMA sites are also reporting that middleweight champion Anderson Silva will be fighting Yushin Okami at the event. Highly-touted British welterweight Hardy is apparently being pencilled in for the event, which is allegedly heading for the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, UK. The aborted fight between UK MMA superstar Michael Bisping and Chris Leben, originally intended for UFC 85 in London last weekend, is also rumoured to be on the card.


2 Responses

  1. Leben by ko

  2. money’s on Leben — he may be the underdog but he’s got a lot more value as a pick against Bisping. Bisping’s not used to Leben’s striker-type fighting, so he’s gonna go down — probably not without a fight, but down nonetheless. Bring on the show!

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