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UFC Announces Replacement Fights For UFC 85

The UFC has officially confirmed three of the rumored bouts that have been floating around the internet the past few days. As we posted a few hours ago, Matt Hughes will be taking on Thiago Alves in the night’s main event.

“Obviously Chuck Liddell’s injury was a big blow, but as always our incredible fighters step up to give fans the best possible replacement,” said Dana White, UFC President. “Now we will see an explosive matchup between top ten ranked contender Thiago “Pitbull” Alves and two time former UFC World Champion Matt Hughes. Alves is an ATT trained Muay Thai wrecking machine coming off of five straight wins and Hughes is a powerhouse wrestler who was the most dominant welterweight champion in UFC history. These are two of the best athletes in the sport and we are thrilled to bring them to London for the UFC 85 main event.”

A middleweight bout between Michael Bisping and Chris Leben was also inked, although they will not be appearing as the main event as originally speculated. James Irvin was also confirmed as Chuck Liddell’s replacement in the match against Rashad Evans.

This brings the fight total from 11 to 13. It almost goes without saying that this card will remain on PPV in light of these changes.

So, what is one Chuck Liddell worth? Apparently, the equivalent of four mid- to high-level fighters and a future UFC hall of famer.

Check out our fight cards section for the full UFC 85 fight card.

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Fight Cards

Bellator 163: McGeary vs. Davis

Event Date: November 4, 2016
Broadcast: Spike

UFC Fight Night 98: Dos Anjos vs. Ferguson

Event Date: November 5, 2016
Broadcast: TBD

Bellator 164: Koreshkov vs. Lima

Event Date: November 11, 2016
Broadcast: Spike Sports

UFC 205: Alvarez vs. McGregor

Event Date: November 12, 2016
Broadcast: Pay-per-view, Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

Bellator 165: Chandler Vs. Henderson

Event Date: November 19, 2016
Broadcast: Spike TV

UFC Fight Night 99: Mousasi vs. Hall 2

Event Date: November 19, 2016
Broadcast: TBD