From the announcement:
With legal issues preventing middleweight contender Chris Leben from being able to prepare sufficiently for a June 7th bout with Michael Bisping in London, England, Canadaâ€™s Jason â€˜Doomsâ€™ Day has stepped in to face â€˜The Countâ€™ in a featured bout on the UFC 85: Bedlam card at the O2 Arena.
“Obviously I was looking forward to the Leben fight but I guess it wasn’t to be,â€ said Bisping. “You have to respect Jason Day for stepping in on even shorter notice than myself. I am looking forward to really putting on a great performance in London.”
â€œI love this fight,â€ said Day. â€œEverybodyâ€™s been asking me who would I like to fight next, and I said Bisping, but who would have thought it would have come about so quickly. Heâ€™s a great fighter, an exciting fighter, tough as nails, and everybody wants that marquee fight where you get the guy that tests you and you slug it out for two or three rounds. I think heâ€™s a pretty good test for me.â€
Yesterday, Leben was sentenced to 35 days in jail and would have had less than two weeks to prepare for the main card bout, forcing him to withdraw from the fight.
Day (17-5) made his UFC debut at UFC 83 in April, upsetting Alan Belcher via first round TKO. Bisping (15-1) made his 185-pound debut at the same event, defeating Charles McCarthy via first round TKO.
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