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Michael Bisping to Face Chris Leben at UFC 89

Fronted by Luke Thomas.

Any time the UFC goes to England, you can bet that Michael Bisping will be on the card.  MMA Junkie reports the details:

The UFC today officially announced "UFC 89: Bisping vs. Leben," an event that takes place Oct. 18 at The National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England.

The event is headlined by a middleweight bout between England native and "The Ultimate Fighter 3" winner Michael Bisping (16-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) and veteran middleweight Chris Leben (18-4 MMA, 8-3 UFC).

This fight was originally scheduled for June 7 in England.  Of course, it didn't happen due to Chris Leben's stint in jail for a probation violation.  I really like this match.  The winner should significantly improve their position in the middleweight division.  The UFC needs a compelling opponent for Anderson Silva.    Bisping has been impressive since moving down from light heavyweight.  He would seem to be in line for a title shot if he can defeat Leben. Not to sell Leben short, he looks much improved since being stopped by Silva in their first encounter.  Either way, it should be a competitive match with serious ramifications for the UFC's middleweight division.

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