According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer, the UFC will be giving us UFC 89 “Leben vs Bisping” free on Spike TV. The card, as its titled, will be headlined by a middleweight clash that was originally scheduled for UFC 85 between contenders Chris Leben and Michael Bisping. The event will take place at the NIA in Birmingham, England on October 18. It was also recently reported that a welterweight matchup between Diego Sanchez and Thiago Alves is scheduled for the event. It seems plausible that this fight could determine the next number one contender in the welterweight division considering Alves all but had the spot locked up if he beat Matt Hughes until he came in four pounds heavy.
So why is the UFC giving us this event for free? Well, it appears the UFC is planning to run a major pay-per-view event, likely UFC 90, right on its heels on October 25. Meltzer didn’t have any further details, although there have been rumors of the UFC wanting Wanderlei Silva to fight in October.
Keep in mind that EliteXC is planning its third CBS card for October and Affliction is looking around November 1 as a possible date for their second event. EliteXC likely won’t go with October 18 or 25, so we may end up having four consecutive weekends of major MMA events!
The latest UFC 89 “Leben vs Bisping” fight card and event info can be found in our fight cards section.