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England – Before 9,515 fans at the National Indoor Arena on Saturday
night, it was countryman Michael Bisping that proved to be the tougher of The
Ultimate Fighter veterans, handily securing a unanimous decision victory over a
battered and bruised Chris Leben.
middleweight now moves on to secure a spot as coach of the British contingent
on Ultimate Fighter Season 9, then a possible showdown with either Rich
Franklin or Dan Henderson, which would likely determine another challenger to
Anderson Silva’s throne.
Jardine put himself back in the mix to challenge for Forrest Griffin’s light
heavyweight crown as he walked away with a split decision victory over Brandon
Vera. It is apparently time for a reassessment for Vera as he has now lost three
of his last four bouts after an 8-0 start.
Lytle and Paul Taylor put on a Fight of the Night performance at UFC 89, while
Luiz Cane scored the Knockout of the Night with his win over Rameau Thierry
Sokoudjou, and Octagon newcomer Jim Miller earned Submission of the Night
honors, with all of the award winners securing $40,000 bonus checks.
Main Card Bouts:
Bisping def. Chris Leben by Unanimous Decision, R3
Jardine def. Brandon Vera by Split Decision, R3
Cane def. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou by TKO (Strikes) 4:15, R2
Lytle def Paul Taylor by Unanimous Decision, R3
Davis def. Paul Kelly by Submission (Guillotine) at 2:16, R2
Hardy def. Akihiro Gono by Split Decision, R3
Carwin def. Neil Wain by TKO (Strikes) at 1:31, R1
Bielkheden def Jess Liaudin by Unanimous Decision, R3
Etim def. Sam Stout by Unanimous Decision, R3
Miller def. David Baron by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:19, R3
Eklund def. Sammy Schiavo by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:47, R3