Report: Leben-Bisping Likely at UFC 85

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Chris Leben, the controversial cast member of the first season of “The Ultimate Fighter” will likely take on a recently victorious Michael Bisping when the UFC travels to London, England on June 7th.

The news comes from MMA Mania, which also reports that Leben has officially signed to compete at the event and that the fight against Bisping is expected to now headline the show, taking the place of a scheduled showdown between Rashad Evans and a now injured Chuck Liddell.

Leben has quickly solidified himself as a potential contender in the middleweight division once again, bouncing back from consecutive losses to record back-to-back stoppages of Terry Martin and Alessio Sakara.

Bisping was victorious in his middleweight debut this past weekend, stopping American Top Team product Charles McCarthy in the first round. If Bisping does indeed sign to take on Leben, it will mark the third time that the England native has fought in his native country since joining the UFC.

It was also reported earlier today that hard-hitting James Irvin has stepped in to replace Liddell against Evans.


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