Jess Liaudin. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
In a fight in which the loser may find himself being handed his walking papers, Jess Liaudin will drop down to lightweight to challenge David Bielkheden when the Ultimate Fighting Championship travels to Birmingham, England for UFC 89: Bisping vs. Leben.
The news comes from MMA Weekly, which has confirmed the bout with Liaudin himself.
“I don’t care about going to the ground in this next one, I am going out there to knock him out,” Liaudin said in the report. “I have seen his (Bielkheden’s) fights and I think it is a very good match for me. My wrestling is stronger and so is my striking.”
As was previously mentioned, both fighters are in desperate need of a win that would allow them to stay with the UFC. After winning his first two bouts under Zuffa, Liaudin has now lost his last two fights, most recently dropping a split decision to Paul Taylor at UFC 85: Bedlam in June.
Meanwhile Bielkheden was dominated in his UFC debut, suffering a brutal first-round stoppage loss to former “Ultimate Fighter” winner Diego Sanchez back in March. The loss was Bielkheden’s third in his last five professional bouts.
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. Additionally rumored fights include Diego Sanchez vs. Thiago Alves, Sam Stout vs. Paul Kelly, and Dan Hardy against an opponent yet to be determined.
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