The UFC is set to invade English soil with native Michael Bisping in tow yet again, according to a report from Setanta Sports:
“Michael Bisping will get his fight with Chris Leben, it will happen in England, and it will be spectacular. That was the message of UK UFC president Marshall Zelaznik on Setanta Sportsâ€™ â€œUltimate Talkâ€ show on Thursday night. The UFC will return to England on October 19, at The National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, and Bisping will once again be the star attraction…”
While I do my usual sigh upon hearing that the UFC intends to whore Bisping out to an English crowd for the fourth time, I cannot help feeling excited for this match up, which has been a rumor in the mill for some time now. Though Bisping still has much to prove as a fighter, one cannot deny that his move to 185lbs has really taken flight. The speed, the combinations, the visible abs, middleweight looks to be a fine home for “The Count”, as he has TKO’d both Charles McCarthy and Jason Day since shedding the extra 20 pounds from light heavyweight.
Chris “The Crippler” Leben is also coming off back to back (T)KO wins inside the octagon, as well as a brief incarceration period that we can only assume has helped motivate the once reckless TUF alumnus. Leben is known for his solid jaw in addition to his serious punching power, and should prove an excellent test for the man the UFC loves to transport across the pond. It’s definitely been a while since the octagon hosted a real stand up battle, so heres to hoping that Bisping and Leben put on the show everyone wants to see.