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Michael Bisping vs Chris Leben UFC 89 fight set for Birmingham

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The 185-pound clash between Michael Bisping (16-1) and Chris Leben (18-4) is back on and will take place at the National Indoor Arena (NIA) in Birmingham, England, on October 9, according to recent comments from UK UFC President Marshall Zelaznik in an interview with SetantaSports.com.

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“Two of our amazing fighters, Michael Bisping and Chris Leben, have just agreed to fight. Everyone knows about Leben’s striking power, and it’s the strike fest everyone wants. It’s the fight everyone wants to see.”

Indeed, this has fireworks written all over it — both men prefer to keep on the feet and throw leather. If it does go to the ground, however, Leben possesses a distinct advantage with his underrated ground skills.

“The Crippler” and “The Count” were set to bang it out at UFC 85: “Bedlam” earlier this month. But Leben was jailed for an old parole violation when he turned himself in, which he needed to do if he wanted to obtain a visa to travel overseas to fight in London.


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Post #1   6/27/08 10:41:10AM   

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I don't think you'll see the exact same Bisping as we did in the last two fights. He'll respect Leben's punching power and be more patient. Probably Bisping UD.

Post #2   6/27/08 11:05:16AM   

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Tough call...

I hope Leben wins, though.

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great fight, bad main event, hopefully they can get silva/Okami for this card.

dont know if that article mentioned it was the main event, but here is where i got itLINK

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Hell yea, lets go Bisping!
Should be a great fight though, but hopefully this is not the main event, probably more of a temporary slot until they start assigning fights.

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This is going to be amazing. Hopefully not the main event but if it is I am still going to watch.

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Bisping UD without a doubt

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Will be a good fight, Hope Leben pulls out the W

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Posted by Figsak

Bisping UD without a doubt


I have a little doubt as Leben hits HARD! as does Bisping now se he could put Leben away, 1 thing is for sure theres no subs in this one and has WAR written all over it

Now this really is the very 1st striker Bisping has fought in the UFC (Day kinda was but Leben is more of a pure striker) all his other fights were against BJJ guys or wrestlers

Here we will see how he does against a fellow striker who has a good chin and hits hard, will be interested to see what the picks % is on this cos i will like Leben as an underdog

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Posted by Figsak

Bisping UD without a doubt


I have a little doubt as Leben hits HARD! as does Bisping now se he could put Leben away, 1 thing is for sure theres no subs in this one and has WAR written all over it

Now this really is the very 1st striker Bisping has fought in the UFC (Day kinda was but Leben is more of a pure striker) all his other fights were against BJJ guys or wrestlers

Here we will see how he does against a fellow striker who has a good chin and hits hard, will be interested to see what the picks % is on this cos i will like Leben as an underdog



i would looove Leben as an underdog pick

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this is the type of fight that has Fight Of The Year written all over it.

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I'm taking Bisping on this one, I dont like Leben.

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I'm Really hoping these two knock each other out

I really dislike both fighters but I think Leben has the edge in striking as when he gets hit in the face he becomes stronger and swings to kill but I could easily see this fight going to the ground for all three rounds if Bisping thinks he can't win on the feet and inking out a decision.

Still though hoping for both fighters to knock each other out.

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Bisping will get this chin tested, and make try for a take down once leben rocks him and bisping will find out that leben is no slouch on the ground.

which will lead to leben getting the tko late 2nd or middle of the 3rd

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Iam happy the UFC is making this fight happen. Bisping has looked quick, and explosive at 185. Leben will test his chin. Should be a good fight.

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