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At the UFC 89 Weigh-Ins: Bisping Says Leben Underestimating Him


(Leben fits Bisping for a right hook. Photo courtesy of MMA Weekly.)

The weigh-ins for UFC 89 went off without a hitch today. Everyone hit their target weight, or at least fell within the one-pound allowance of it, and nobody had to strip naked while their dad held a towel in front of them. There was a terse exchange between the main eventers, with Chris Leben offering an apology in advance to the British fans, and Michael Bisping getting all Rodney Dangerfield about Leben showing him no respect:

Said Leben:

“I’m sorry for coming over and ruining your guys’ big hope and dream. I know you love him, but I didn’t come all this way to lose. One of us will take a step back and the other a step forward; there isn’t too many ahead of us now.”

Replied Bisping:

“You’re right, one forward and one down. I am moving forward. You underestimate me and I think that is a mistake. May the best man win and I will see you tomorrow night.”

As weigh-in disagreements go, that’s downright gentlemanly. Guess that’s what you get in jolly old England. Full scale-tipping results are after the jump:


Michael Bisping (185) vs. Chris Leben (186)
Brandon Vera (203) vs Keith Jardine (205)
Paul Kelly (169) vs. Marcus Davis (169)
Thierry Rameau Sokoudjou (205) vs. Luiz Cane (206)
Paul Taylor (170) vs. Chris Lytle (170)
Dan Hardy (169) vs. Akihiro Gono (171)
Shane Carwin (264) vs. Neil Wain (254)
Jess Liaudin (155) vs. David Beilkheden (155)
Sam Stout (155) vs. Terry Etim (155)
David Baron (155) vs. Jim Miller (155)
Per Eklund (156) vs. Samy Schiavo (156)

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love piss- October 18, 2008 at 5:30 pm
the guy above me is right i support american fighters and am british and i think that paul taylor won but i will not cry about it for years like some not all americans did about hamil.all british and american fighters showed alot of respect to eachother last night AND IF THEY CAN CHANGE WE CAN CHANGE ha ha ha i am a fan of lebens now also now because i like how he carried his self. ufc fans mum still needs a shave but i love that goofy little bastard two
Anonymous- October 18, 2008 at 7:12 am
Im american and sometimes it disgusts me how americans hate bisping because hes british. He proved to be better fighter than leben. Americans need to admit that the rest of the world can produce good fighter too.
UFC fan- October 17, 2008 at 11:50 pm
Hi uk fag.....good to see you are still a douche.
WATS UP NOW YR PREDICTIONS SUCK DICKS- October 17, 2008 at 11:37 pm
bisping won fuck all u spaztic bisping haters credit to leben he put on a show.bisping haters suck paki shit hows it fell to be wrong again maggot dicks cos i wouldnt no HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HAPPY DAYS
UFC fan- October 17, 2008 at 11:15 pm
Is it me or does Leben look like hes been pumping weights bigtime?
Not sure thats gonna be a fightwinner, but at least he has the muscle to through that no dick piss-penis idiot around.
likie I predicted before.....Leben for the win.
satan- October 17, 2008 at 6:19 am
this should be an amazing slugfest, gotta go with chris if it goes to the ground
KTFO- October 17, 2008 at 3:47 am
What's with Dana always being in the background of the face off pictures with that creepy ass smile/smirk on his face? I would imagine the inside of his head sounds a little like this: "Yeah, get closer...punch him in the face..do it, do it good...man I'm getting the hugest boner ever...I gotta take care of this, where's J.T.? He owes me one."
mma-pr0- October 17, 2008 at 12:48 am
WAR LEBAN ---- WAR VERA ---- WAR DAVIS ----- WAR CANE ----- WAR LYTLE ------ WAR GONO -------
walrus- October 17, 2008 at 12:13 am
It's good to see Chris Lytle fight again -- hopefully he comes out on top.
Anonymous- October 16, 2008 at 10:13 pm
crippler is a sweet nick name at least its not something stupid like sugar or the dean of mean (i like both keith and rashad but they got weak nicknames) ,the best one is the irish hand grenade
carl james- October 16, 2008 at 9:21 pm
I saw chris leben figuratively cripple terry martin does that count
Anonymous- October 16, 2008 at 9:16 pm
lets get serious here Bisping is way overrated Leben has a steel jaw and it will take more than bispings predictable straight punches to knees to do any damage to Leben I couldn't believe that Bisping was the favourite for gambling odds.
dandeman- October 16, 2008 at 7:43 pm
Assnonymous; I saw Wandy Figuratively Axe Murder Keith Jardine; does that count.
Anonymous- October 16, 2008 at 7:17 pm
whats the count mean f the nic bisbing is one of the best i know him well and he is fast and hard he will win by 2 round ko
Assnonymous- October 16, 2008 at 7:05 pm
Kevin, when was the last time you saw Wanderlei The Axe Murderer Silva axe murder someone? Or The Ice Man Chuck Liddell covered in ice. Etc...
Kevin- October 16, 2008 at 6:56 pm
Leben will get worked.
And c'mon guys, isn't it time for us to protest these shitty nicknames? I actually like watching Leben fight, because he is a brawler and can take a punch, but "The Crippler"? Who has he crippled? That has to be the worst nic in MMA.
The way he fights, sort of reminds me of Randall Tex Cobb, who as you know, loved to brawl and stopped many, if not most punches from an opponent, with his face.
Geriatric Peon- October 16, 2008 at 6:27 pm
GP's Pick for Best pic of the weigh in - http://photos.mmaweekly.com/gallery.asp?action=viewimage&categoryid=3887&text=&imageid=54326&box=&shownew=
Geriatric Peon- October 16, 2008 at 6:20 pm
http://photos.mmaweekly.com/gallery.asp?action=viewimage&categoryid=3887&text=&imageid=54314&box=&shownew=

This photo reminds me of the Silva/Cote photo where Cote looks kind of scared just like Wain looks in this. Not that the promo shots are anything to gauge predictions on (everyone already knows Cote is getting dropped)
Fenix- October 16, 2008 at 5:38 pm
Oh noez! The internetz is laughing at me!!

Anyway, BisBing ;) FTW!
greenseed- October 16, 2008 at 5:22 pm
holy F! shane carwin almost 100 pounds more than welter ....HUGE MAHFUKAH
Apes Can Organize Rallies Now ACORN- October 16, 2008 at 5:08 pm
Assnonymous

harsh, but fair assessment.
Steve- October 16, 2008 at 4:54 pm
After the problems with Vera's weight cut last time out, I'm surprised to see him at 203.
Assnonymous- October 16, 2008 at 4:52 pm
"Bisping was able to maintain his impeccable English manners."

A gentleman with british teeth is no gentleman. Simple as that.
Assnonymous- October 16, 2008 at 4:51 pm
Matt, are you hitting on Fenix?
Optimuze- October 16, 2008 at 4:50 pm
Leben is taking this one. He can take Bispings weak punches all night, and will KO him with a looping left.
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