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Craig vs. Leben, Baczynski vs. Melancon added to July's UFC 162 event

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"The Crippler" returns at UFC 162, and he'll have a "Highlight" waiting on him in the cage. Additionally, "The Polish Pistola" meets Brian Melancon (6-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC).

UFC officials revealed on Tuesday's new edition of "UFC Tonight" that Chris Leben (22-9 MMA, 12-8 UFC) has been booked for the July event against once-beaten Texan Andrew Craig (8-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC). Meanwhile Seth Baczynski (18-9 MMA, 4-2 UFC) meets two-time Strikeforce vet Brian Melancon.

Featuring a headlining bout of UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva vs. top contender Chris Weidman, UFC 162 takes place July 6 at at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena. The evening's main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.

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Post #1   3/12/13 11:04:07PM   

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Craig vs Leben should be a fun scrap!
Nice to see Seth returning as well. I have no clue who Melancon is though lol

Post #2   3/12/13 11:56:25PM   

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Leben wanted a guy that would throw down with him looks like he got his wish. I see bad things for Leben in this one, Craig is just to big and to strong. I see Craig winning by KO/TKO not sure what round though.

Post #3   3/13/13 12:35:41AM   

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Not that excited about the card so far

I am expecting the fly or women's title as co main for this event

Post #4   3/13/13 1:44:20PM   

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I don't mind watching Craig as a random guy in the MW population but this is not a great matchmaking move.

It's one of those "let's get a decent but beatable opponent for one of our more famous fighters so he can get a win".


It would help any card a ton to have Leben fight Rich Franklin, Palhares, Lombard or Boetsch. That would make me care about seeing a show way more than this Craig fight.


Plus this is another twist of the knife for me as a Fitch fan because Fitch had a stellar record for years and gets screwed hard while Leben is just around a .500 fighter who gets special treatment because Dana likes "guys who like to bang".

If you're gonna force feed me all the Lebens, Matt Browns and Leonard Garcias until the end of time, at least throw them to the wolves.

Post #5   3/13/13 5:27:46PM