The UFC’s head of the UK, Marshall Zelaznik, has announced that TUF alum Michael Bisping and Chris Leben will headline UFC 89, which is scheduled to take place on October 18 in Birmingham, England. Bisping and Leben were originally scheduled to compete at UFC 85 until Leben was forced to withdraw due to a stint in the slammer. Leben was replaced by Jason Day, who Bisping easily dispatched in the first round.
A bout between “The Ultimate Fighter 3” winner Michael Bisping (16-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) and veteran UFC middleweight Chris Leben (18-4 MMA, 8-3 UFC) will headline a recently announced UFC 89 event.
Marshall Zelaznik, the head of the UFC’s UK division, made the announcement this week on Setanta News Ultimate Talk Show, a weekly UFC news show that airs on the U.K.’s Setanta Television.
Zelaznik said that both competitors have agreed to the fight, though he didn’t clarify if bout agreements have been signed.
Is Bisping vs Leben a worthy main event? I say absolutely not. Being a UK event, I can maybe see this as a co-main event at best. A middleweight title match between Anderson Silva and Yushin Okami was rumored for this event at one point, but White has stated that he may put that fight on the UFC 88 card if Silva is able. It’s also been rumored that White wants Wanderlei Silva to compete on this card, although Silva would like to wait until December to make his next Octagon appearance. Either would be a more suitable headliner than Bisping/Leben.
We’ll see, but as good of a fight as Bisping vs. Leben may be, they really need to bring something more to the table.