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
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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)
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.
Eddie Sanchez. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Hard-hitting heavyweight Eddie Sanchez will return to action on June 7th at UFC 85: Bedlam in London, England when he takes over as an injury replacement for newcomer Neil Wain against Dutch striker Antoni Hardonk.
The UFC announced the change on their official website yesterday.
Wain will be unable to compete after suffering a broke nose during a recent training session. No word as of yet concerning a timetable for his return.
Sanchez is currently riding a two-fight winning streak, most recently stopping Soa Palelei with strikes in December. Despite twice going into the third round, the North County Fight Club has yet to go the distance in his career.
Hardonk last scored a seventeen-second knockout of Colin Robinson in January, snapping a previous two-fight losing streak that saw him lose to former heavyweight champion Frank Mir and longtime veteran Justin McCully in consecutive fights.