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UFC 85 Rumor Mill: Bisping vs. Leben on SpikeTV?

(Decisions, decisions…)

Though the UFC has confirmed none of this yet, some strong UFC 85-related rumors are circulating that we wanted to pass along. The word is…

James Irvin will indeed fight Rashad Evans, replacing an injured Chuck Liddell.

— The main event will feature Michael Bisping taking on Chris Leben. (Thanks for listening, guys!)

— UFC 85 will possibly be broadcast on SpikeTV. That would be enough to appease American fans — with four solid matchups on the main card (including Vera/Werdum and Davis/Swick), it’ll be at least as entertaining as an “Ultimate Fight Night” — but a show without a true big-name headliner could potentially slow the UFC’s momentum in the U.K.

We’ll let you know when any of that is formally announced.

Somewhat related: You think seven weeks is a short layover for Michael Bisping? Well, Rich Clementi is only getting five before his next fight. “No Love,” who just scored a hard-fought split-decision victory over Sam Stout on the undercard of UFC 83, has been booked to replace an injured Rob Emerson in a lightweight match against Terry Etim at UFC 84 (May 24th, Las Vegas). Clementi has won his last three UFC bouts, including submission victories over Melvin Guillard and Anthony Johnson, while Etim took his first career loss via unanimous decision against Gleison Tibau at UFC 75.

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leben fan baby- April 27, 2008 at 5:12 am
are you all fucking jokeing bisping was amazing at 185 he was so quick and he will kill leben hate to say it but i dont see leben lasting long with his heavy breathing and hands hanging and bisping and franklin are so much alike it all depends who is better that night you all need to stop putting down bisping so much he will be a machine at 185 but dont think he can beat hendo or silva
cpanger- April 23, 2008 at 4:11 am
i sure hope mr. mazzagatti is callin this one!!!
Your moms favorite MMA star- April 23, 2008 at 12:03 am
yeah, fuck it.. both franklin and bisping fought on the same card. and won pretty easily. let em beat each others ass.. because neither one of em can fuck with silva
pookysdabomb- April 22, 2008 at 7:55 pm
Leben first round KO
VV- April 22, 2008 at 7:49 pm
You dont think he's at the level of Rich Franklin or Silva but you think he should fight Henderson? You have a lot to learn my friend. Henderson is a lot better than Franklin. He could have easily beat Silva, just as Silva beat him. I think Bisbing should fight Rich. Rich would get destroyed by Henderson, go watch some of the pride videos, or actually just watch the Rampage/Henderson fight. Because if Henderson won, I dont think anyone would have complained it was that close, and thats 205. He was throwing rampage around, at 185 he is a very strong fighter.
VV- April 22, 2008 at 7:46 pm
This card would be great on spike. Pretty stacked. I actually like bisbing too, he might be cocky but so what? he's been fucking people up. Sure he hasn't gotten a big challange, but I think if he stays @ 185, him and Silva could be going at it in 6 months. It's not like anyone else @ 185 is going to put up a challange, Rich Franklin? Give me a break. Bisbing looks great @ 185, tall and lanky for that weight too.
CBus-Allstar- April 22, 2008 at 5:42 pm
I used to have the same opinion of Michael Bisping's fighting skills. I thought he was a sub-par fighter with a great persona. But after the McCarthy fight (in which he looked EXTREMELY fluid and well-prepared), I'm starting to think that he could pull it off. I don't think he's ANYWHERE near a Rich Franklin or an Anderson Silva, but he's at least top 10.

At the same time, he's pretty far above Chris Leben's skill level. I'd like to see him face Dan Henderson.

I think Henderson would be a true test of who Bisping really is. At the same time, it may be an insult to ask a Legend like Henderson to fight Bisping.
Boneman- April 22, 2008 at 5:10 pm
Bisping won't lose until Pussy Dana White makes him face a real threat...

C'MON....Leben..!....Not sure whose the bigger piece of crap..Him or Bisping..?

But if Dana lets Bisping lose, he will also lose half his British audience...So here's another "give me" for Michael "Count Suckula" Bisping!
mmacoach- April 22, 2008 at 4:07 pm
The only thing injured on Emmerson is his reputation. hahahaha
Your moms favorite MMA star- April 22, 2008 at 3:13 pm
is bisping being tossed another can??
Turd Ferguson- April 22, 2008 at 2:39 pm
Free on spike? if that's true, rock on. This card doesn't even have a title defense so its not even worth paying for.

Title holders should at least defend their belts 3 times a year, maybe 4. That would ensure that each PPV would have at LEAST one title defense.

Noah- April 22, 2008 at 2:22 pm
Hopefully, I will give the girl on the left her first beating.
Douchebaggery- April 22, 2008 at 1:30 pm
hopefully Bisping will get his first beating.