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UFC 89: Bisping vs Leben

UFC 89
  • Saturday 10.18.2008
  • U.S. Broadcast: Spike TV
  • Promotion: Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • Ownership: Zuffa, LLC
  • Venue: The National Indoor Arena
  • Location: Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • TV Announcers: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan
  • Ring Announcer: Bruce Buffer
  • Post-Fight Interviews: Joe Rogan
  • Ticket Revenue (live gate): $1,200,000
  • Attendance: 9,515
  • TV Ratings: 2,600,000 viewers(3,400,000 peak)
  • MMA Bouts: 11
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Fight Card

Cancelled & Fizzled Bouts

Honors & Awards

    Black on white 26x21
  • Knockout of the Night
    Luiz Cané vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou   |   $40,000 bonus to Cané
  • Fight of the Night
    Chris Lytle vs. Paul Taylor   |   $40,000 bonus to each fighter
  • Submission of the Night
    David Baron vs. Jim Miller   |   $40,000 bonus to Miller
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  • Dan Miragliotta
    Bisping vs. Leben (11)Gono vs. Hardy (6)Carwin vs. Wain (5)
  • Kevin Mulhall
    Jardine vs. Vera (10)Lytle vs. Taylor (8)Bielkheden vs. Liaudin (4)
  • Marc Goddard
    Cané vs. Sokoudjou (9)Davis vs. Kelly (7)Baron vs. Miller (2)
  • Leon Roberts
    Etim vs. Stout (3)Schiavo vs. Eklund (1)

UFC 89 Wiki Update Wiki

The first free numbered UFC event to air since UFC 75 in September of 2007, UFC 89 featured a main event between British superstar middleweight fighter Michael Bisping and TUF 1 cast member and knockout artist Chris Leben. Bisping won a Unanimous Decision in the main event, while Keith Jardine defeated Brandon Vera in a closely-contested co-main event.

The event peaked on Spike TV with 3.4 million viewers. Shortly afterwards, Leben tested positive for the banned substance Stanozolol, resulting in a nine-month suspension and a fine of one third of his fight purse.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 10:56 PM ET
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