MMAWeekly.com is on location from the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England for UFC 89: “Bisping vs. Leben” bringing you live results and play-by-play.
Ultimate Fighter season one alumni Chris “The Crippler” Leben heads to hostile territory taking on Ultimate Fighter three winner and British fan-favorite Michael “The Count” Bisping in the main event.
In Light heavyweight action, top ten ranked Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou faces up and coming prospect Luiz Cane while Keith Jardine and Brandon Vera have a lot riding on their match up.
-Michael Bisping vs. Chris Leben
Both fighters enter to a lot of crowd reaction. Leben walks in to The Sex Pistols, God Save The Queen and Bisping to Blur’s Song 2. Both are pacing in their corners and clearly anxious to get started. On announcing the fighters, Leben hears a lot of boos and the roar of the cheers for Bisping are deafening.
R1- Leben opens with low kicks, keeping Bisping retreating initially. Bisping looks for a takedown on the fence but it is unsuccessful and they separate. Leben throws a good combination of punches opening with a hook that lands clean and they return to a clinch which soon separates. The crowd chant “Bisping” and stopm their feet. Leben is controlling for most of the round but his nose is bloodied in an exchange. Bisping throws a long uppercuts on the retreat and they clinch briefly. Leben is throwing overhand lefts pushing Bisping to follow the fence. The return to the centre and Bisping throws long straight punches which connect. Bisping looks for a standing double unsuccessfully. As he releases, Leben follows with some punches. Bisping is forced to look for another takedown. The bell rings as the two hit the ground. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 Bisping
R2- An early shot from Bisping drops Leben who rises quickly. Leben’s face is bloodied but he is continually moving forward trying to engage with Bisping. Leben attempts a couple of knees. A low kick from Leben stops the fight temporarily. Bisping is trying to use his reach advantage but a couple of overhand lefts from Leben connect. Bisping begins bleeding from the ear as Leben looks for a couple of inside leg kicks that connect. Lieben is still puching forwardwith mike successfully milling on the retreat. As Leben chases Bisping he rocks him with a big right and the round ends with Bisping rocked. MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 Leben.
R3- opens with an early break due to an accidental eye poke by Leben. Leben is keeping Bisping with his back to the cage.Bisping nicely checks a low kick. Neither fighter looks tired and the state of Leben’s face is deceiving. Both are still throwing crips strikes. Leben catches Bisping’s leg and follows with a straight left. Leben shoots for a nice double leg and lands on top. The two stand up as Leben wipes blood off his eye and looks to one of the screens. Bisping goes for double underhooks on the cage but releases. As the final seconds of the round go, Leben begins taunting Bisping, he holds his hands up and then pokes his chin out for Bisping to have a free shot. The two hug on the bell in good sportsmanship. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 Bisping. The official decision is Bisping wins a unanimous decision.
-Keith Jardine vs. Brandon Vera
R1 – Jardine starts strong and goes for an early takedown landing in Vera’s guard. Vera is looking for the Kimura but Jardine is defending which ties his free arm up. There is blood coming from a small cut in the top of Jardine’s head. As Vera lets go, Jardine throws a few punches down. Vera keeps his guard closed and Jardine tight to him. The ref stands them up. and they clinch, Vera pushing Jardine to the cage. They disengage and Jardine looks to be the agressor again with a low right kick. Jardine is looking more busy and trying to push the fight though his low kicks are sloppy. An equally sloppy hook drops Vera. Jardine follows, standing over Vera at the 10 second marker, throwing wide hooks to his downed opponent. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 Jardine.
R2- Vera is bleeding from the nose after a short exchange. He appears more calculated. Vera attempts a take down having slipped a hook. Jardine goes for a high left kick but Vera catches it and throws him to the fence. As Vera stands over his opponent who is on his knees, he throws a well placed knee to Jardine’s chest and the two stand up. Jardine is pushing the fight but Vera has been more effective. Jardines wild and wide hooks are being matched b straight shots from Vera. A nice left high from Vera is blocked. Jardine again goes for a right high and this is met by a heavy liver kick from Vera. Another liver kick from Vera lands on the 10 second marker. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 Vera.
R3 – An inside kick from Vera is met by an overhand from Jardine. Vera returns to the spot and Jardine is flat footed. A knee from Vera left Jardine checking to see if there was any blood. Jardine caught a kick from Vera and the two return to trading punches. Jardine finally attempts to shoot and takes ends up clinched belly to back with Vera. He throws punches up at Vera before eventually releasing him. The crowd are not happy that they two aren’t really engaging for more than one or two strikes at a time. Vera is looking tired and defensive but Jardine is looking to push the pace. In the final 10 seconds Jardine unleashes a series of shots but is unable to stop Vera. Regardless he still looks busy. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 Jardine. The official result is Jardine takes the win by split decision.
-Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Luiz Cane
R1 – Both men keep distance to begin with. Sokoudjou the first to connect with two low rights to his southpaw opponent’s lead leg. Sokoudjou bullies Cane onto the cage. As they return to the centre, Sudo throws long uppercuts. In every exchange, Sokoudjou is coming off stronger, with punches connecting. He is changing level well and controlling the fight. Towards the middle of the round Sokoudjou is briefly backed onto the fence where he eats a big left kick which seems to have injured his already heavily strapped up right knee. Sokoudjou returns to using his hands. MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 Sokoudjou
R2 – The round begins with Sokoudjou backed onto the fence early. A sloppy kick from Cane lands stops the fight briefly. A jumping round house kick from Sokoudjou landed cleanly but left Cane unintimidated. Cane begins to dominate the fight and seems comfortable with his range now. Sokoudjou is standing very flat footed. Cane lands a nice flying knee which doesn’t cause much damage but leaves Sokoudjou circling with his back to the fence. Finally Sokoudjou punches his way off the fence, soon to return. The pace of the fight slows before a flurry of punches drops Sokoudjou. Cane capitalises quickly with a series of punches to the downed fighter. After 7 or 8 punches connecting cleanly, the referee steps in to stop the fight. Cane wins by referee stoppage due to ground and pound at 4.15 R2
-Paul Taylor vs. Chris Lytle
R1 – Both men quickly engage throwing straight punches, and hooks. Taylor attempts a left high kick and they clinch on the fence. They separate and head to the centre of the cage again where once again they engage and re-clinch. Lytle hip-tosses Taylor who stands up again in the fence. The two exchange positions and finally separate. A short exchange of short punches sees them clinched with Taylor’s back to the fence. Both men fire off short knees. Lytle backs off allowing the fight back to the centre but it is soon against the fence. Taylor throws a couple of nice uppercuts from the clinch. Taylor was slightly more effective but very hard to call. Lytle sits on a stool in his corner whilst Taylor stays on his feet. MMWeekly.com score the round
R2 – Both men are engaging from the start, firing off short, hard punches. They clinch on the fence and Lytle takes it the the ground, ending up in Taylor’s half-guard. As Taylor looks to reverse, Lytle keeps position. Eventually Lytle once again allows the fight to return to it’s feet. Taylor takes down Lytle and the two stand up with Taylor’s back against the fence. Lytle is doing a good job of maintaing that position. Taylor stomps on Lytle’s foot and as they dis-engage they return to trading short punches and now low right kicks. An accidental groin strike by Taylor stops the fight temporarily but the two touch gloves and re-clinch quickly. Lytle’s position on the fence is soon reverse and back again. both men showing signs of fatigue. A close round. MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 Lytle
R3 – Despite the fatigue, both come out aggressive. Lytle throws a series of hooks to the body and head taking him to the fence. Taylor begins to fire back leading to more stagnant clinch work. They return to the centre of the cage, throwing punches. A lovely inside left kick from Taylor surprises Lytle who seeks to clinch again. The referee stops the fight on the fence and restarts ity in the centre. Taylor lands a nice uppercut on Lytle who seeks a standing double on the fence which lands him in top position. Taylor is able to stand up, still clinched and they disengage.Lytle starts a flurry of punches and this is quickly countered in the last few seconds by a great combination of hooks and a solid uppercut to finish the round. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 Taylor. Lytle wins by unanimous decision.
R1 – Both men touch gloves and circle. Davis opens with two low kicks and Kelly looks to be happy to stand and trade with him. A small amount of blood drips from Kelly’s early in the round. Neither man is seems to want to engage and this leads to some boos from the audience. Davies goes for a jab-shot on the fence and lands in Kelly’s half guard. Kelly instinctively takes the neck for a guillotine but Davis moves to side control. Kelly pushes out and the two stand up in the middle of the cage. The round ends with a right high kick from Kelly that does little damage. MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 Davis
R2 – Both men circle, just out of range. Davis looking for single shots – jabs, overhands and low kicks whilst Kelly throws repeated cross-hook combinations. Finally Kelly charges in for a takedown. As he lands in guard, Davis reaches for the guillotine and Kelly taps at 2:16 R2.
-Dan Hardy vs. Akihiro Gono
Gono enters the ring performing a crazy dance with him and his entourage all in curly wigs. The crowd love it but it is overshadowed by the response to the UK’s Dan Hardy.
R1- The two touch gloves and clearly respect each other. Gono catches a low kick but lets it go. He eats an iside kick and trades an overhand right. Hardy sinks a nice one-two which he follows up with another right. He is clearly the aggressor, putting Gono on his back foot. A front kick puts Hardy on the ground bu he is allowed up. he responds with a sidekick onto the fence. The two are trading low and middle kicks. Hardy fakes a knee to superman punch and Gono clinches. Gono fires a right back whcich connects but he is fighting very much off his back foot. They reset to the centre of the cage. Gono’s hands are noticably low. Both exchange spinning back kicks and the horn goes for the end of the round. Hardy the agressor. MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 Hardy.
R2 – Hardy again has Gono on his back foot. Gono’s temple has a noticable mouse on it. After eating a few punches, Gono attempts for a clinch and the two hit the ground briefly before Hardy stands him up. A liver kick from Gono is met with a right hand from Hardy. Gono throws a long left hook that connects. He attempts a superman punch to clinch but the separate back to the middle of the Octagon. Again Gono clinches. Hardy is looking confident. Gono seems tired but unfazed by the stand up. He does not make much effort to take it to the ground despite the two earlier takedown attempts in the round. Gono slips a hook and narrowly misses a knee. He begins to show signs of fatigue. As the 10 second marker goes, he eats a hook and steps back. MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 Hardy
R3 – Gono opens with a nice left to the body followed by a low right but a confident Hardy responds with long punches on the fence. Both exchange hard rights that connect. Gono’s mouse begins to bleed as he backs off onto the fence. Gono’s combinations are still crisp when they connect. Hardy has a small cut by his right eye. Neither cuts are bleeding into the eye. An accidental low kick to Gono stops the fight temporarily. As they engage again, Hardy throws a knee and a short flurry of punches forcing Gono to clinch with doubl;e underhooks. They go to the ground and instantly up again, where Gono repeats the clinch. As Hardy is on one knee on the ground, Gono knees him illegally in the head and the referee cautions him. Hardy is rocked by the knee. As the fight starts again, Hardy eats a right hook that stuns him. But he rapidly gains composure and fires a series of punches back. As the round ends, a last ditch flying “move” ends up with Gono missing his target and landing on his back. He lays there exhausted whilst Hardy parades around with his hands up. MMAWeekly.com scores the fight 10-8 Hardy. The official decision is Hardy wins by split decision.
-Shane Carwin vs. Neil Wain
R1 – Both fighters come out swinging. They clinch on the fence and Carwin instigates a takedown, landing in side mount. He takes full mount and rains down blows on Wain. The referee steps in to rescue a bloody Neil Wain. Carwin wins by TKO 1.31 Rd 1.
-Jess Liaudin vs. David Bielkheden
R1 – Liauden opens stong and Bielkheden cliches. A knee drops Bielkheden onto the mat and Liauden steps back to let him stand up. Bielkheden attemps a takedown and forces Liauden to be pinned with his back on the fence. Liauden climbs up the fence and Bielkheden takes his legs. As Liauden is on his knees, Bielk throws punches and kicks. Liauden rises and Bielkehind goes for a big take down on the fence. Liuaden works omoplata unsuccessfully. Bielkheden takes him down again and unloads shots as he stands up. Bielkheden goes for a single leg and winds up with Liauden in top position in his guard throwing short punches on the fence. MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 Bielkheden
R2 – Bielkheden opens with a slam on the fence. Liauden again opens guard looking for omoplata. Bielkheden turns into him. The two stand up and circle the centre of the cage. Bielkheden shoots in and lands in Liauden’s guard. Liauden attemps a triangle leaving Bielkheden in half guard on top. Liauden is looking tired. The ref stands up the fighters for inactivity. Another takedown leaves Liauden in top position in Bielkheden’s guard throwing short punches to the body. The round ends with Liauden the aggressor. MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 Liauden
R3 – Bielkheden shoots from the outset. Jess closes guard on him. Liauden is keeping Bielkheden’s head low. An elbow opens a cut on Liuden who frantically opens guard with his foot on Bielkheden’s hip. Liauden looks hurt from a big punch as he opens his guard. Bielkheden, still in a loose half guard turns to cross Liauden. The referee again stands them up. Bielkheden attempts a single leg taking Liauden to the fence. Liauden defends by reaching over the shoulder to a possible kimura as they fall to the ground. MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 Bielkheden. Bielkheden takes a unanimous decision.
-Sam Stout vs. Terry Etim
R1 – Both fighters are looking focussed. They exchange single low kicks and punches. The crowd is really behind Etim. Etim throws a nice jab on the back foot that connects. They both want to stand and trade. Etim slightly more agressive. Stout connects a nice left body hook then left hook to the head. Etim throws a nice high kick that connects and is nearly caught. The two remain in the centre of the cage. Good head movement from both. Etim is looking comfortable, working well on the back foot, coming into the pocket and back out. He is checking Stout’s low kicks and replying with his own. A left from Stout drops Etim but he’s up in a flash. Etim lands a clean Superman punch and then as he retreats with Stout throwing punches that aren’t connecting effectively, he attempts a take down. The round is over with Etim looking more in control. MMAWeekly.com scores the bout 10-9 Etim
R2 – Etim is keeping distance nicely, forcing Stout to attack unsuccessfully. It looks like Stout is frustrated. Stout attempts a weak shot/standing double which becomes a short jab. Etim is using his range well and picking his shots. He seems more calculated than Stout although Stout doesn’t look in danger at this stage. Etim is connecting with more, but Stout’s shots appear slightly heavier when they do connect. This appears to be more due to Stout throwing way more shots. Etim attempts a take down at the 10 second marker. He moves to Stouts back and the round finishes. MMAWeekly.com scores the bout 10-9 Etim
R3 – Etim is still loking relaxed and Stout realises he needs a finish to win. Stout catches a right middle kick and throws a punch. Etim is firing nice jabs on the retreat before bringing the fight back to the centre of the cage. Etim has barely broken a sweat. Stout is looking for more combinations – hooks to the body and the head. The two trade heavily in the closing seconds of the round with Stout looking like the aggressor. MMAWeekly.com scores the bout 10-9 Stout. Terry Etim takes a unanimous decision.
-David Baron vs. Jim Miller
R1 – The two touch gloves. Miller opens with a low kick. Both kick each other at the same time, Miller catches and goes for the take down. Miller on top in half guard. Miller tries to get the leg out unsuccessfully. He takes Baron’s left arm out and pins it to the mat at full extension. Baron resists and Miller stands out of guard before punching back into it. Miller tries to take Baron’s back as he attempts to escape before he ends up in full mount. Baron turns on his face and Miller takes some back. Miller slips to side and then stands up. As they both stand up Miller jumps on Baron’s back and the two hit the floor, with Miller having both hooks loosely in. He transitions to a figure four before attempting to get the arm across. The 10 second clapper goes and Baron rides out the clock. MMAWeekly.com scores the bout 10-9 Miller.
R2 – the two touch gloves and circle. Both throw punches and Miller instigates a take down. The two stand with Miller on the fence. Baron opens with some shots and Miller goes for a single leg. On the ground, Miller winds up on top in half guard. Again he stands out of the guard to throw a punch and falls back into half guard. Baron tries to control Miller’s right arm but ends up turning to his side and ultimately onto his front. Baron is cut on what appears to be the forehead and he tries to roll out. Baron is bleeding heavily and winds up on top. Miller takes a high guard working for a triangle on the fence. MMAWeekly.com scores the bout 10-9 Miller
R3 – After cirlcing the two exchange low kicks and Miller catches Baron’s leg for the takedown. Baron is marked up and bleeding which mush be affecting his aggression. On the ground Baron is on his side. Eventually he turns to his front. Miller has full mount and is sitting high. Miller is clearly trying to move his head away from the punches to avoid a cut stoppage as Miller’s shots are very short and infrequent. Baron is defending his neck as they roll over again. Finally a blood stained Miller sinks a well deserved choke in, causing Baron to tap.
-Sammy Schiavo vs. Per Eklund
R1 – Schiavo enters looking fired up. Eklund more relaxed. Schiavo comes in initially more aggressive and the two clinch on the fence. Schiavo slips after an overhand right. Another heavy overhand right drops Eklund hard. He picks up quickly and they clinch again. A takedown attempt ends with Eklund on his back attempting a triangle which Schiavo slips out of easily and then pulling rubber guard. Schiavo stands up out of the guard and after some low leg kicks from Eklund he punches his way back into his guard narrowly missing some upward heel kicks. Again Eklund tries for rubber guard. Schiavo pulls out narrowly avoiding more up kicks. Ekland stands up and the two keep distance. Schiavo rushes Eklund against the cage and the round ends. Eklund looks tired.
R2 – Schiavo opens with a heavy overhand right that doesn’t connect and Eklund clinches him on the cage. An attempted take down ends with Scchiavo on the cage and this is soon reversed. The two stand in the middle of the cage with Schiavo throwing short punches. They clinch, Schiavo is controlling the pace. An overhand right from Schiavo connects and they clinch again. Sciavo throws a right high kick and a further clinch sees him on his knees. Eklund takes his back and rolls onto his own back working the rear naked choke. Eklund can’t get both hooks in. He goes for a figure four and sinks the choke in deeper. Schiavo resists and is able to escape the choke. As he escapes Eklund attampts an arm bar but Schiavo bails out and ends up in top position in Eklund’s guard. They finish the round with Schiavo throwing punches from Eklund’s open guard.
R3 – After some circling, Eklund shoots cleanly and ends up in top position in Schivo’s guard. Eklund works to full mount. As he goes for Schiavo’s left arm, The Dog turns onto his front. A few short punches and a bleeding Eklund sinks in the rear naked choke leaving Schiavo with no choice but to tap with 1.47 on the clock.
Main Card Bouts:
-Michael Bisping def. Chris Leben by Unanimous Dec. 5.00, R3
-Keith Jardine def. Brandon Vera by Split Dec. 5:00, R3
-Luiz Cane def. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou by TKO (Strikes) 4.15 R2
-Chris Lytle def Paul Taylor by Uninimous Dec. at 5.00, R3
-Marcus Davis def. Paul Kelly by Submission (Guillotine) 2:16 R2
-Dan Hardy def. Akihiro Gono by Split Dec at 5.00, R3
-Shane Carwin def. Neil Wain by TKO (Strikes) 1.31 R1
-David Bielkheden def Jess Liaden by Uninimous Dec at 5.00, R3
-Terry Etim def. Sam Stout by Unanimous Dec. at 5.00, R3
-Jim Miller def. David Baron by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:19, R3
-Per Eklund def. Sammy Schiavo by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:47, R3
Main card will air on Spike TV in the United States at 9:00 PM (ET/PT) on same-day tape delay