Today’s event, which will air for free tonight on Spike TV, takes place at The NIA in Birmingham, England and features a middleweight main event clash between former “Ultimate Fighter” cast members Michael Bisping and Chris Leben. The UFC 89 main card also includes Brandon Vera vs. Keith Jardine, Luiz Cane vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, Chris Lytle vs. Paul Taylor, and Marcus Davis vs. Paul Kelly.
- Michael Bisping def. Chris Leben via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Keith Jardine def. Brandon Vera via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
- Luiz Cane def. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou via TKO (strikes) — Round 2, 4:15
- Chris Lytle def. Paul Taylor via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
- Marcus Davis def. Paul Kelly via submission (guillotine choke) — Round 2, 2:16
- Dan Hardy def. Akihiro Gono via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Shane Carwin def. Neil Wain via TKO (strikes) — Round 1, 1:31
- David Bielkheden def. Jess Liaudin via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
- Terry Etim def. Sam Stout via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
- Jim Miller def. David Baron via submission (rear naked choke) — Round 3, 3:19
- Per Eklund def. Sammy Schiavo via submission (rear naked choke) — Round 3, 1:47
MICHAEL BISPING VS. CHRIS LEBEN (In progress…)
Round 1 — Leben is agresive early working hard leg kicks. More kicks from “The Crippler” then Bisping fires back but Leben counters. Solid left by Bisping followed by a knee to the body. Leben fires back with more leg kicks. Bisping catches a kick and returns a kick to the body. Hard left by Leben but Bisping connects with a combo. Leben is bleeding from his nose but connects with a good combo against the fence. A pair of rights by Bisping connects. Leben connects late with a left. It’s a very close round, but MMAFrenzy.com scores it 10-9 Bisping.
Round 2 — Bisping is more aggressive to start the second, but Leben tags him with a left and knee. Bisping continues to avoid and counter. Accidental low kick by Leben temporarily halts the bout. They touch gloves and we’re back underway. Leben and Bisping trading punches. Solid leg kicks from Leben. Bisping catches a kick and counters with a punch. Bisping connects with some jabs but Leben finishes strong with punches and has Bisping on his toes. MMAFrenzy.com scores another close round 10-9 Bisping.
Round 3 — Big left by Leben connects in the opening seconds, but Bisping has to take a break after getting sweat in his eyes. It’s momentary and we quickly resume. Bisping and Leben trade kicks. Good left by Leben followed by a kick to the body. Leben catches a kick and throws another left. Surprisingly, Leben takes Bisping to the mat and connects with punches. They get back to their feet and Bisping fires back. Bisping continues to successfully evade and counter, avoiding Leben’s knockout power. Leben pours it on late and taunts Bisping to engage but its likely too little, too late. MMAFrenzy.com scores the round 10-9 Leben, but the fight goes to Bisping 29-28.
Michael Bisping def. Chris Leben via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)