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UFC 89 Post-Fight Press Conference Video

In the above video, Keith Jardine and Chris Lytle discuss their respective victorious at UFC 89: Bisping vs. Leben this past weekend. Remarks from Dan Hardy and Marcus Davis are after the jump.

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Quick Results: UFC 89


Chris Leben and Michael Bisping. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Here are the full results from Saturday’s UFC 89 card, which saw Michael Bisping continue his rise up the middleweight ranks in winning an unanimous decision over fellow “Ultimate Fighter” alumnus Chris Leben in the show’s main event.

Per Eklund def. Samy Schiavo - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Jim Miller def. David Baron - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Terry Etim def. Sam Stout - Unanimous Decision
David Bielkheden def. Jess Liaudin - Unanimous Decision
Shane Carwin def. Neil Wain - TKO (Strikes)
Dan Hardy def. Akihiro Gono - Split Decision
Marcus Davis def. Paul Kelly - Submission (Guillotine)
Chris Lytle def. Paul Taylor - Unanimous Decision
Luis Cane def. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou - TKO (Strikes)
Keith Jardine def. Brandon Vera - Split Decision
Michael Bisping def. Chris Leben - Unanimous Decision

UFC 89 Weigh In Results

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Main Event
Chris Leben (186) VS Michael Bisping (185)
Brandon Vera (203) VS Keith Jardine (205)
Luiz Cane (206) VS Sokoudjou (205)
Chris Lytle (170) VS Paul Taylor (170)
Marcus Davis (169) VS Paul Kelly (169)
Akihiro Gono (171) VS Dan Hardy (169)
Neil Wain (254) VS Shane Carwin (264)
David Bielkheden (156) VS Jess Liaudin (155)
Sam Stout (155) VS Terry Etim (155)
Jim Miller (155) VS David Baron (155)
Per Eklund (156) VS Samy Schiavo (156)

Three Fights Added to UFC 89 in England


Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship today formally announced three additional bouts that will take place at UFC 89: Bisping vs. Leben on October 18th at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England. The most noteworthy bout is a light heavyweight matchup between Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou and Luis Cane.

Both Sokoudjou and Cane are coming off of impressive performances. Sokoudjou stopped fellow PRIDE veteran Kazuhiro Nakamura in the first-round of their fight at UFC 84: Ill Will due to a leg injury while Cane destroyed Jason Lambert in just two minutes at UFC 85: Bedlam last month.

Additional bouts also made officially today included Dan Hardy’s UFC debut against the always entertaining Akihiro Gono and heavyweight prospect Shane Carwin looking for his second straight UFC knockout win against fellow heavy-hitter Neil Wain.

UFC 89 will be headlined by a middleweight clash between England native Michael Bisping and hard-hitting popular veteran Chris Leben. The two were originally set to throw down in June but a mandatory jail sentence stemming from a probation violation forced Leben to withdraw from the anticipated matchup.

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Report: Hardy to Make UFC Debut in October


Dan Hardy. From uncagedphotographer on Flickr.

Reigning Cage Warriors welterweight champion Dan Hardy will reportedly make his debut with the Ultimate Fighting Championship at a yet-to-be-announced international event on October 18th in his native country of England.

The news comes from Sherdog.com’s latest “European Throwdown” column.

Hardy, who signed a four-fight deal to fight under the Zuffa banner, has won eight out of his last nine fights, his lone defeat being a disqualification loss to fellow UFC newcomer Yoshiyuki Yoshida last December. Hardy most recently scored a TKO win over Daniel Weichel on May 3rd. The Nottingham native also stopped Chad Reiner with strikes at a Cage Warriors event last month.

“It means everything to finally be at the pinnacle of mixed martial arts,” Hardy said concerning his signing last month. “Even kids who have never taken a martial arts class in their life dream about fighting in the UFC - it is the Premier League of MMA and there was nowhere else I wanted to be. I cannot wait to step into the Octagon and showcase myself on the biggest stage in MMA.”

While potential opponents for Hardy have not yet been revealed, it’s likely that the UFC could consider setting up a rematch between him and Yoshida, who scored his first UFC win by submitting “Ultimate Fighter” cast member Jon Koppenhaver last month.

UFC Confirms Dan Hardy Signing


Dan Hardy. From uncagedphotographer on Flickr.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship today confirmed their previously rumored signing of reigning Cage Warriors welterweight champion Dan Hardy.

Hardy has won eight out of his last nine fights, his lone defeat being a disqualification loss to fellow UFC newcomer Yoshiyuki Yoshida last December. Hardy most recently scored a TKO win over Daniel Weichel on May 3rd. The Nottingham native also stopped Chad Reiner with strikes at a Cage Warriors event last month.

“It means everything to finally be at the pinnacle of mixed martial arts,” Hardy said on the UFC’s official website. “Even kids who have never taken a martial arts class in their life dream about fighting in the UFC - it is the Premier League of MMA and there was nowhere else I wanted to be. I cannot wait to step into the Octagon and showcase myself on the biggest stage in MMA.”

According to our friends at MMA Junkie, Hardy has signed a four-fight deal with the promotion and is expected to make his debut in the fall.

“I feel I’ve come to the UFC at exactly the right time,” Hardy said. “Since the UFC came back to England last spring, everywhere I’ve gone people have asked me when I was going to sign with the UFC and why I wasn’t in the UFC yet.”

Hardy Survives, Stops Reiner at Cage Warriors


Chad Reiner throws a left hand at Anthony Johnson. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Talented English striker Dan Hardy fought off a slew of early submission attempts before finally stopping Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Chad Reiner and regaining his Cage Warriors welterweight title at the promotion’s latest show Saturday night in Nottingham, England.

It was obvious that Reiner wanted to end the fight early as he displayed a variety of submission attempts throughout the first round, including a standing guillotine that nearly forced Hardy to tap. Hardy continually stuffed multiple takedown attempts in the second round before finally letting his hands go in the third.

Hardy caught Reiner with a hard knee and then followed up with a straight right hand that sent Reiner stumbling to the canvas. Hardy pounced on his opponent and finished things off with a flurry of strikes that forced the referee to stop the fight.

Lightweight prospect Andre Winner suffered his second career loss in losing a majority decision to France native Bendy Casimir.

Complete results from the event:

Peter McGurk def. Richard Whitmore - KO (Punch) 
Eugene Fadiora def. Dave Bownds - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Lee Livingstone def. Adam Bairstow - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Clifford Hall def. Nigel Whitear - Submission (Guillotine)
Dean Amasinger def. Jason Muldoon - Submission (Kimura)
Jim Wallhead def. Tom Haddock - Submission (Strikes)
Martin Stapleton def. David Johnston - Unanimous Decision
Matt Thorpe def. Mark O’Toole - Submission (Kimura)
Bendy Casimir def. Andre Winner - Majority Decision
Cengiz Dana def. Ian Butlin - Submission (Heel Hook)
Dan Hardy def. Chad Reiner - TKO (Strikes)

Hardy-Reiner Headlines Tomorrow’s Cage Warriors


Chad Reiner throws a left hand at Anthony Johnson. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Chad Reiner will tangle with talented English striker Dan Hardy for the vacant Cage Warriors welterweight title at the promotion’s latest show tomorrow night in Nottingham, England.

Since dropping his two straight bouts in his only UFC stint to date, Reiner has bounced back to win his last four fights. He last stopped fellow welterweight Mark Moreno with strikes at an X-1 event in January.

Hardy has won seven of his last eight fights. Most recently, he submitted Manuel Garcia by way of strikes in December.

“When I met Chad in Florida, he was respectful and I have no bad feelings towards him personally,” Hardy said in a recent press release sent out to the media. “However this Saturday night is strictly business. When someone steps into the cage with me they better be ready because I’m throwing everything with bad intentions.”

Lightweight contender Andre Winner will also be in action, taking on Cage Rage veteran Bendy Casimir.

UFC Veterans Fill CFC’s Latest Card


Jeff Monson weighs-in for UFC 65: Bad Intentions. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Florida-based Combat Fighting Championships will be making it’s overseas debut on May 17th as the organization will hold a show at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England filled with veterans that have competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and PRIDE.

Former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez will tangle with American Top Team’s Jeff Monson in the main event.

Rodriguez is coming off of a tough split decision loss to Antonio Silva at EliteXC Street Certified last month. Monson last won a decision over Hakim Goram in December and is tenatively scheduled to take on Kevin Randleman at a Global Fighting Championships show in June.

The co-main event will feature a clash between former UFC middleweights David Loiseau and Terry Martin. While Loiseau has struggled ever since he was released by the promotion, Martin’s apparent departure from the company comes after he suffered his second straight loss at the hands of Marvin Eastman last month.

Melvin Guillard, who is currently on a hiatus from the UFC, being permitted to fight in smaller shows before returning to the promotion, is advertised as going up against Cage Rage veteran Jean Silva.

Travis Wiuff is also slated to take on Cyrille Diabate in a bout that was originally scheduled to take place in at IFO: Fireworks in the Cage IV on December 28th. Diabate was forced to pull out of his bout against Wiuff after suffering a broken ankle during training.

Brad Imes, Dan Hardy, Xavier Foupa-Pokam, Melvin Manhoef, and Mark Weir are all also expected to be in action.

You can also view the current fight card at the organization’s official website.

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