UFC 89: Bisping vs. Leben – Birmingham, England – National Indoor Arena – Oct. 18, 2008
Michael Bisping improved his record to a sparkling 17-1 by defeating Chris Leben at UFC 89.
TUF 3 winner Bisping established himself as a British fighting headliner and as a contender for Anderson Silva’s middleweight title.
The event aired live in the United Kingdom and on tape delay in North America on Spike TV.
In the co-main event, “The Dean of Mean” Keith Jardine rebounded from a loss to Wanderlei Silva with a split decision over Brandon Vera.
“The Irish Hand Grenade” Marcus Davis kicked off the show by beating Paul Kelly with a guillotine choke in Round 2.
On the pre-show, Shane Carwin improved to 10-0 as heavyweight, beating Neil Wain by TKO in 91 seconds.
Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy (20-6) debuted in the UFC with a split decision win over Akihiro Gono.
In the other pre-show bouts, which were all in the lightweight division:
- · Sweden’s Per Eklund scored his first UFC win, beating Samy Schiavo with a rear naked choke in Round 3;
- · Terry Etim beat Sam Stout by unanimous decision;
- · Jim Miller (12-1) made a successful Octagon debut, defeating David Baron in Round 3 with a rear naked choke; and
- · David Bielkhaden, also from Sweden, scored a unanimous decision over Jess “The Joker” Liaudin of France.