The fight has been set… Michael Bisping will be facing off with Chris Leben at UFC 89.
This is the second time the fight has been scheduled but due to Leben having some jail time to take care of in the States the fight had to be canceled.
From the UFC:
“Two of our amazing fighters, Michael Bisping and Chris Leben, have just agreed to fight. Everyone knows about Leben’s striking power, and it’s the strike fest everyone wants. It’s the fight everyone wants to see.”
When the rest of the UFC 89 card breaks we will bring it to you right here on mma-live!
Thats right UFC 89 will be taking place this October 18th in Birmingham England. It is the first time the UFC has ever been to the city of Birmingham.
UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner was the man who confirmed it to be true. Setanta sports will also now be showing all of the UFC’s events on their PPV service.
Here are the figures that the fighters at TUF the past weekend. The figures do not include all deductions such as insurance and such other fees alike. The figures below also do not include fight bonuses but they can be found lower down in the post.
Kendall Grove ($32,000 winner)
Evan Tanner ($25,000)
Amir Sadollah ($16,000 winner)
C.B. Dollaway ($8,000)
Diego Sanchez ($70,000 winner)
Luigi Fioravanti ($10,000)
Spencer Fisher ($36,000 winner)
Jeremy Stephens ($16,000)
Matthew Riddle ($16,000 winner)
Dante Rivera ($8,000)
Dustin Hazelett ($24,000 winner)
Josh Burkman ($10,000)
Drew McFedries ($26,000 winner)
Marvin Eastman ($9000)
Matt Brown ($16,000 winner)
Matt Arroyo ($8,000)
Dean Lister ($28,000 winner)
Jeremy Horn ($25,000)
Tim Credeur ($8,000, Did not fight)
Cale Yarbrough ($8,000, Did not fight)
Rob Kimmons ($6,000 winner)
Rob Yundt ($5,000)
Total Payout: $410,000
All fighters were paid a base salary and winners got double base salary.
The winners of fight bonuses are:
Dustin Hazelett ($20,000 for “Fight of the Night”, $20,000 for “Submission of the Night”)
Josh Burkman ($20,000 for “Fight of the Night”)
Drew McFedries ($20,000 for “Knockout of the Night”)
Here it is. The season finale of The Ultimate Fighter 7. The night started with Mathew Riddle taking on Dante Rivera.
The first round was pretty even between the two fighters. Towards the end of the second round Riddle ended up getting mount and could of got some good punches in. Instead he went for an armbar and Rivera escaped. Riddle once again tried an armbar while having Rivera in his guard. It was not successful and a 3rd round had to happen. Matt Riddle dominated the third round but couldn’t get a finish. The fight went to the score cards. Two of the judges scored the fight 30-27 and then obviously in his true style Cecil comes in with a 29-28. Matt Riddle won the fight.
Spencer Fisher Vs. Jeremy Stephens was the second fight of the night. Fisher seemed to have control of the fight in the first two rounds. In the third Jeremy got a guillotine but Fisher held on. All 3 judges scored the fight 29-28 for Spencer Fisher.
Amih Sadollah went up against CB Dollaway for th Ultimate Fighter Season 7 title. I wanted Amih to win this fight because I cant stand the cockyness of CB. Fortunately Amir did win the fight with an armbar in the first round. Just like the semi final. CB claimed he didn’t tap but I personally think he did. Amir Sadollah was awarded the title of Ultimate Fighter.
Evan Tanner got back in the octagon tonight to fight Kendall Grove. Kendall owned all of the fight with some flying knees, crazy upkicks and huge uppercuts. Evan Tanner showed he has amazing heart though by staying in there and making the fight go to decision. Kendall Grove won by split decision.
Amir Sadollah suprisingly beat CB Dollaway with an armbar in the 3rd round. The finals were all set Amir Sadollah vs. Jesse Taylor would be The Ultimate Fighter 7 conclusion.
Jesse Taylor went out and drank a bit too much while celebrating and ended up wrecking a limo and terrorising some guests at the Palace Station Hotel in Las Vegas. As Dana White said “You’re not mentally ready.” That was it Jesse Taylor had lost his place in the finals after working so hard for it. Dana did say he could give him a call in a few months when he is sorted out.
This was the first time a fighter had been kicked off after the shows ending. Tim Credeur and CB Dollaway were brought back into The Ultimate Fighter and the two agreed to fight each other for the newly found finals spot.
CB Dollaway defeated Tim and CB moves on to the finals to face Amir Sadollah again.
The rumoured Fight Night from the UFC to counter Afflictions “Banned” is on! Not only is it happening, it is also a very action packed card.
The main card is as follows:
Anderson Silva (21-4) vs. James Irvin (14-4)
Brandon Vera (8-2) vs. Reese Andy (7-1)
Frank Edgar (8-1) vs. Hermes Franca (18-6)
Cain Velasquez (3-0) vs. Jake O’Brien (10-1)
Anthony Johnson (5-1) vs. Kevin Burns (6-1)
Anderson Silva will be coming back into the Octagon to fight James Irvin at 205 lbs
This event was supposed to be the UFC 865 main event but after Liddell got injured the card changed a lot. Their bout has been rescheduled for September 6th at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta Georgia.
As of yet no other fights have been announced. Hopefully theres a title fight to go co-main event with Liddell and Evans. If you want to get in on the presale for tickets use the password “LIDDELL” on June 20th from Ticketmaster
KJ Noons once again proved that being underdog isn’t that bad. The photo above courtesy of EliteXC is Noons knocking Edwards down with a huge right 30 seconds into the first round.
The title fight was amazing. KJ Noons retained his title in just under 45 seconds due to TKO. It was the fastest set of elbows I have ever seen delivered to the head of an opponent. Noons deserved to retain the title and once again shock the fans of the EliteXC.
After the quick post fight interviews with Goldberg Nick Diaz came to the ring to see about a rematch with Noons. It escalated quickly though and security had to come in and separate the two fighters teams.
All in all it was a great event from the EliteXC
Here are the results for tonights EliteXC Return of the King which was live on Showtime in the US and Fight Network in Canada. The prelims can be streamed on ProElite right about now. Full fight analysis tomorrow night.
- Elite XC Lightweight Champion KJ Noons defeats Yves Edwards via TKO (strikes) Round 1
- Nick Diaz defeats Muhsin Corrbrey via TKO (strikes) round 3
- Murilo Rua defeats Tony Bonello via TKO (strikes) round 1
- Dave Herman defeats Ron Waterman via TKO (strikes) round 1
- Rafael Feijao defeats Wayne Cole via TKO (strikes) round 1