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UFC 89 Gets Sokoudjou vs. Cane, Carwin vs. Wain

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I was worried that UFC 89 (October 18th; Birmingham, England) was going to be one of those off-brand cards that are hastily thrown together for the British market — but it may have potential after all. Besides the requisite matchups of Bisping vs. Leben and (possibly) Davis vs. Kelly, and a reported welterweight feature of Thiago Alves vs. Diego Sanchez, the UFC has just added three more compelling bouts to the lineup.

First up is a light-heavyweight bout between Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou — who’s coming off a first-round TKO of Kazuhiro Nakamura at UFC 84 — and Luiz Cane, who recently knocked out Jason “Flapjacks” Lambert at UFC 85. Sokoudjou was already regarded as one of the top ten 205′ers in the world when he entered the UFC, and is probably still trying to shake off the humiliation of being the only guy that Lyoto Machida has finished in the last two years. Both him and Cane have a lot of hype behind them, and both like to throw bombs; could be a wild one.

Next is a heavyweight bout between Denver-based destroyer Shane Carwin (9-0) and British brawler Neil Wain (4-0). Like Carwin, Wain has won all of his fights by first-round stoppage — though I don’t think that little fun fact will matter much once the bell rings and Carwin starts charging across the cage. Like his 44-second mouthpiece-ejecting knockout of Christian Wellisch at UFC 84, this match might turn into another stunning KO win for the up-and-coming Carwin.

Finally, British welterweight star Dan Hardy (19-6) is set to make his Octagon debut against Akihiro Gono. Hardy is the reigning Cage Warriors welterweight champion, and has only suffered one loss (via disqualification) in his last nine fights. Gono (28-12-7) is a veteran of Shooto, Pancrase, and PRIDE who won his UFC debut last November by tapping Tamdan McCrory with an armbar at UFC 78; injury has prevented him from competing since.

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Ian Dean- July 14, 2008 at 7:49 pm
The Anon guy who lives in B'ham needs his head examined

Some top fight are on this card and the cream of UK talent too

yet you won't go???

Stick to watching pro wrestling mate !

Watch out for hardy to get the win in style
ADW- July 14, 2008 at 6:51 pm
soku sucks IMHO. I think he is overrated and Dana White is writing checks that Soku can't cash. He had a few KOs in pride and then barely stopped Kazahiro "why the hell do I even show up to the fight" Nakamura. Then Soku has the balls to call out Shogun! Man I really hope that those two fight this year. Shogun should retire his ass.
Me- July 14, 2008 at 6:25 pm
No way, that's a completely different right leg altogether. Or, maybe it's a secret training tech. he's working on. Dunno.

oh and Leben > Josh Kosh B-Gosh
Matt Herpes- July 14, 2008 at 6:12 pm
Does Gono have the highest draws-to-total-fights ratio in MMA? Dude's cursed.
Dr.- July 14, 2008 at 6:08 pm
I'd give Kosdick the edge on that one. He has that crazy rape-rage look on his face all the time. And his hair looks like an old person's pubes.
Alex- July 14, 2008 at 6:03 pm
@garth: they've also gouged out half of his right thigh when they pasted that lion in
Anonymous- July 14, 2008 at 5:57 pm
leban is easily as gay as koshnuts.
Anonymous- July 14, 2008 at 5:25 pm
I live in Birmingham and I'm still not getting tickets to this. It's a matter of principle for me.

Until they sort out a proper main even, I'm not buying. The Bisping-Leben fight will be good, but it is a third-on-the-bill type fight, IMO. If Silva-Okami is added, I'll buy. If the Sanchez-Alvez bout is confirmed I MIGHT buy.
garth- July 14, 2008 at 5:08 pm
wtf happened to soku's neck in that picture? someone got careless and/or incompetent with the clone tool in photoshop.
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