Returning to England for UFC 89, national hero Michael Bipsing faces his sternest test yet as he takes on Chris Leben in a middleweight battle to see which fighter will move up the ranks of the competive division.
Two middleweight sluggers collide in this exciting matchup. Brian Stann has recently dropped down to the division where his power will be on display. Leben is scrappy fighter who can both take and deal out punishment.
In an unusual turn of events, Chris Leben fights for the second time in just two weeks. Leben’s task just gets harder form there as he is paired against Japanese MMA sensation, Yoshihiro Akiyama in a Fight of the Night bout.
Chris Leben has turned a corner in his career. With a move to Hawaii and rededication to his training, he seems reborn inside the Octagon. The first one to find this out is Alessio Sakara who makes his debut at 185lbs at UFC 82.
Jay Silva started training for fighting after watching the first season of The Ultimate Fighter. Fast forward 4 years; Silva has arrived in the UFC and will be facing Chris Leben who was a cast member of the show that gave him his inspiration.
Chris Leben is a glutton for punishment; he is willing to block punches with his head in order to sling his crippling blows. Leben must be more aware of Aarons Simpson takedown than his punches as the collegiate wrestler has a smothering top game.
Michael Bisping made a huge tactical mistake when he circled into the path of Dan Henderson’s unforgiving overhand right. He will have a chance to redeem himself when he faces Denis Kang in an arena full of his British countrymen.
TUF 3 light heavyweight finalists Michael Bisping and Josh Haynes waged a compelling war to keep fight fans in Las Vegas happy and also earn the pride of Liverpool a six figure UFC® contract, as Bisping stopped the courageous Haynes at 4:14 of the second round.
Michael Bisping and Jason Day both return to the Octagon after impressive wins at UFC 83. Day will play the role of underdog for the second fight in a row, as Bisping will be energized fighting in front of his fellow Englishmen.