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More UFC 85 Problems: Chris Leben Sentenced To 35 Days In The Slammer; Jonathan Goulet Turns Down Fight With Paul Kelly

Chris LebenUFC 85 must be cursed, or better yet hexed, by the IFL.

The event has been riddled with problems stemming back to earlier this year. It was supposed to be a card that would bring the UK two of the world’s top light heavyweights in Chuck Liddell and Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua. Rua was the first to bow out after reinjuring his knee. Rashad Evans was tapped as his replacement to fight Liddell. That suddenly changed, too, when Liddell suffered a torn hamstring that forced him to pull out. This left the UFC scrambling to replace its top drawing fighter for the London crowd. The UFC really came through, though, and secured a new main event with Matt Hughes and Thiago Silva, a middleweight clash between Chris Leben and Michael Bisping, and James Irvin as a replacement to fight Evans. The UFC had pulled it off.

Now it appears they’re going to have to pull another rabbit out of their hat. All seemed fine until a report came out last week that Chris Leben had turned himself in for a probation violation stemming from an old DUI charge in Oregon. The visa he needed to travel to England for the fight wouldn’t be issued until the violation was settled. If everything went well, Leben was supposed to spend 8 days in jail, which would have given him enough time to still make the June 7 bout. Well, everything didn’t because Leben was sentenced to 35 days in jail, and won’t be released until May 27. This just won’t leave Leben enough time to prepare for the bout. Nate Quarry is rumored to be a possible replacement.

Jonathan GouletJonathan Goulet was supposed to face off against Paul Kelly on this card. Reports are now indicating that Goulet has turned down the fight due to health reasons. No word yet on whether the UFC will find a replacement for Goulet or if they will cancel the fight altogether.

The latest UFC 85: Bedlam fight card and event info can be found in our fight cards section.


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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