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UFC Announces UK Show in November Headlined by Leben vs. Munoz

The UFC’s UK office announced today that the original plan of not having a UK show this year has changed as the promotion is planning on bringing the Octagon back to the LG Arena in Birmingham for UFC 138. According to the Twitter post above, the show will be underwhelmingly headlined by a middleweight match-up between Mark Munoz and Chris Leben. Sorry Josh Koscheck.

Munoz is 3-0 in his past three outings with a knockout win over C.B. Dollaway at UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann and a pair of decisions — one over Aaron Simpson at UFC 123, and most recently against Demian Maia at UFC 131. His last loss came in August of 2010 when he lost a split decision to Yushin Okami.

Leben is 4-1 in his last five bouts since bouncing back from back-to-back losses to Michael Bisping and Jake Rosholt in 2008-2009. His last loss came against Brian Stann at UFC 125 in January. His biggest wins of the past two years (besides escaping jail time for his second DUI) came against Yoshihiro Akiyama (UFC 116) and Wanderlei Silva (UFC 132).

Although it’s likely that the winner of Stann vs. Sonnen at UFC 136 in October will get the winner of the UFC at UFC 134 Silva vs. Okami bout in August, it’s looking like the winner of this bout could be the number two contender, which just proves that the UFC needs to bolster its middleweight class. A few light heavyweights need to get on the Dolce Diet.

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mod777- July 20, 2011 at 9:58 am
Munoz should not think of going toe to toe with Chris, or maybe his training camp knows that he should go back to basic like when he fought Grove and Jensen. He should utilize his ground and pound wrestling skills. As of Chris he should do what e does best swing his left hook and hope for the best.
Clyde- July 19, 2011 at 3:44 pm
I'll agree that the UK cards have often looked weak on paper, but that doesn't mean they can't have good fights. Most of the UK cards have been headed by Bisping because... he's the best known fighter we've got. We can all be honest that the UK is still years behind the States in MMA both terms of fans and fighters, but we still need to have the biggest organisation in the sport doing events here to raise the sport's profile and popularity. But until we get to that level, they aren't going to hold cards like UFC 100 here.

Vegas generally gets the biggest fights because it is to some degree, a "sleaze pit". You can gamble, get free drinks, see strippers and bang hookers, and fairly importantly, it's a city that can cope with 50,000 people showing up for a weekend without much hassle. I've been to events in Birmingham (or Birmimgham as it's also know) with about 1500 people, and you need to be sure to book in advance or you might struggle to get a room for the night.

You want better cards? Get your friends into the sport and maybe we'll have the pull to do so, but it's a business and they can't bring all of their big draws to a UK card if it's going to result in a heavy loss for them.

I think I had a point before I rambled off into a bit of a rant there... Fuck it, I'm watching this card anyway.
BONGTAR- July 19, 2011 at 3:08 pm
Sleaze pit? I guess going to parties all night with beautiful women and waking up in strange hotel rooms with chicks isn't your thing. Yeah, England is such a better place to party, with your awesome weather and world class cuisine. This fuckin guy..... They don't know who lives there and who doesn't, you get treated based on how you behave. So behave better and have fun, unless your white and pasty and would rather party in a basement somewhere listening to house music all night, although I do love me some house every now and then
WalksInTheDarkness- July 19, 2011 at 2:16 pm
Because who the fuck is going to fly to the sleaze pit that is Las Vegas to watch a fight?

Basically, unless you live in that hole the UFC treats you like a second class citizen. No way they'd screw people over the same way as they're doing with UFC 133 if that fight was taking place in Las Vegas...
BONGTAR- July 19, 2011 at 2:12 pm
Because who the fuck is going to fly to England to watch a fight? Seriously man. We noticed, and have no complaints.
WalksInTheDarkness- July 19, 2011 at 12:46 pm
Don't mind us Brits. Just said us the crap cards. We'll still lap it up like fools... I guess it might have a lot to do with us getting the fights for free on ESPN UK...

It makes me sick and I'm surprised the rest of the world hasn't noticed that the UFC keeps the best shows for when they have fights in Las Vegas...
Shaky- July 19, 2011 at 12:40 pm
Remember, remember the fifth of November..No?? Oh..that's because it was headlined by.....
newaza01- July 19, 2011 at 11:29 am
I like this. Winner is very very close to title shot. I like leben here!
I was gettin some Tito- July 19, 2011 at 11:29 am
Anyone else notice the shithead from UFC UK who tweeted that spelled Birmingham wrong? His/her spelling is as good as that card.
Maine Blazer- July 19, 2011 at 10:41 am
Eh, a free card is a free card. This gonna be a five rounder though?
agentsmith- July 19, 2011 at 10:37 am
Weakest main event EVER. Seriously, this is barely Fight Night worthy.
flyingogoplata- July 19, 2011 at 10:19 am
Or perhaps a praticularly rotund Russian "heavyweight" could stop the ice cream diet and make a run at Anderson?