A recently-announced UFC 85 bout featuring middleweight contenders Chris Leben and Michael Bisping has been scratched after Leben, who turned himself in 8 days ago on a probation violation, was sentenced to 35 days in jail today over the incident, according to Clackamas County, Oregon officials.
The Wrestling Observer is reporting that backup plans were in place should Leben be unable to fight, though the details of those plans have not yet been announced by the promotion. The UFC may opt to find a replacement for Leben or re-book the bout for a future event.
Leben will be credited for the time he has already served but will not be released until May 27th, less than 2 weeks before he was scheduled to face Bisping in London.
“When [Chris] got the call to fight Bisping on June 7th in London he knew what he had to do,” said ICON Sport’s T. Jay Thompson last week regarding the situation. “He immediately flew to Oregon and turned himself in on the probation violation. The warrant was a â€œno bailâ€ warrant so he will have to sit in jail for 8-10 days before he gets a hearing. The moment he appeared before the judge after turning himself in the warrant was revoked and he is able to get his VISA for London.”
Regardless of his visa status, Leben’s lack of time to properly train for the bout caused him to be removed from the card.
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