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Video: Countdown to UFC 89

In the official UFC 89 hype video we continue to hear about Chris Leben‘s transformation as a fighter, which has quickly become one of the main storylines heading into this event. Oddly, with all the talk about Leben’s transition from brawler to technically sound MMA fighter, whenever anyone talks about his strengths they inevitably end up talking mostly about the characteristics of a brawler (hard-hitting, looping punches, good chin, etc.) while ascribing to Michael Bisping the characteristics of a technical fighter (straight punches, apparently, which is laughable to Chris Wilson). Not saying Leben isn’t a different fighter these days, just saying the whole thing is interesting.

Anyway, give it a look and you won’t be disappointed. Despite burning through all the stock footage of British landmarks in existence, it’s another solid effort from the Countdown crew.

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doink sucked off a disabled black mouse that was covered in - October 14, 2008 at 1:29 pm
doink yr mum skeawl like pig caught in razor wire when i smashed her back doors in over and over and over again now she is traumatised and just dreawls baby food down her flat chest all day she a fucking mess. now i sit in my cell all day bashin one out over yr sister i get released soon she next.ooooooooooooooooooomuma ooooooomuma
Earl- October 14, 2008 at 11:39 am
CP guys, I couldn't find a place to comment on the Jason Guida/Mamed fight. That needs to be put up as a story. That may be the most ridiculous fight I've ever seen. I don't know what's worse Guida losing his mouthpiece then not accepting a replacement, the ref freaking out when he couldn't find the mouthpiece, or Guida pushing the ref when he stopped the fight. Sheer brilliance. Guida did look pretty good for the first minute or so, however.

Leben and Bisping. I'm liking it. A soccer hooligan vs. a rasslin' fan. Perfect.
the glza- October 14, 2008 at 11:30 am
derly -- nice matchup... i like that idea. lemme call joe silva real quick...
Derly- October 14, 2008 at 7:36 am
Bisping vs Hendo if he wins...

Assuming Hendo gets dropped at 205, and comes back to the weight class that suites him more.
Doink the clown- October 14, 2008 at 4:23 am
Make no sense is in man love with George Micheal. Windo lickin Queer!!
Anonymous- October 14, 2008 at 4:18 am
bisping and vera
Eddie Nash- October 14, 2008 at 3:40 am
Apes can organize rallies now- October 14, 2008 at 3:36 am
Allan- October 14, 2008 at 3:05 am
Vera keeps making those excuses. "Broken hand", "weight cut". W/e time to put money on the Dean of Mean.

What's going to be his excuse this time?

Laughed hard at Jardine's monkey stance?
u no it makes sense- October 14, 2008 at 1:48 am
no its a fight that will entertain and get some more british intrest = more british fighters ufc is still small here am the only one of my m8s who follows mma and i think it is a good fight and yes my spelling punctuation is shit but willie is a real life windowlicker.and i still have an opinion even tho my typing is guf
u no it makes sense- October 14, 2008 at 1:37 am
yr fat assed mum but she spent most of the time chocking on my sack
the glza- October 14, 2008 at 1:34 am
jeebus, u no it makes sense! how old are you? if you're any older than 12 years old you should really click on my handle and get yourself some help, man -- i see your point, but i had to figure it out -- your writing is like some kind of riddle!

the more i think about it, the more the fight could be exciting, but i don't think it makes anyone a contender. maybe the winner's fight after this one, but this fight makes no one a contender...
the glza- October 14, 2008 at 1:25 am
anybody else getting a godaddy parking page every once in a while when they wanna come to this site?

anyway -- bisping/leben... ho-hum... at what weight will they be fighting? sherdog has leben listed as a 185 and bisping as a 205. regardless, i don't feel like this fight makes any difference in the belt contention picture...

a leben / kimbo fight would be nice... bisping would destroy kimbo right now... idk, i'm bored so i'm rambling. watching nog/herring right now... what a dumbass move, letting him up, heath!
Read A Book!- October 14, 2008 at 1:20 am
u no it makes sense who learned you to spoke?

plus i think this fight will be a great fight everyone knows they are both coming out and swinging some heavy leather i cant wait...
u no it makes sense- October 14, 2008 at 12:57 am
why the fuck do people moan u no its gone be good fight .better than when chuck got kod in round 2 or gsp mat sera 2 this will be a good fight some times the biggest name fighters dont have the most entertaining least u no its gona be a fight.willie yr just a windowlicker that moans cos u have maget dick thier has been worst main events that sounded better u just sound like a spacker with jenny warts.and its not like their aint gona be another ufc either wait 4 one that u english i have to but i dont cry like bitch and am looking 4wrd to ufc 89.
TequiLa- October 14, 2008 at 12:30 am
Willi u clearly dont know much about MMA... Do you know what's the difference between Bisping vs Leben and Ken vs Kimbo? Bisping vs Leben is relevant for their weight division, the winner may very well get a tittle shot, another difference is the exposure MMA can earn in other countries like england by having their poster boy represent them well.

It may not be a worthy of PPV main event, but since is free...
Besides i'm sure ppl in england would much rather pay to watch their poster boy in the main event than GSP or some other big name out there

The only laughable thing here is your comment.
Jugger- October 13, 2008 at 11:02 pm
Sorry, I always forget that Bisping had a loss at 205.
Jugger- October 13, 2008 at 11:01 pm
The Bisping vs. Leben fight is a great fight. But I agree with willi that it really shouldn't be receiving top billing. The undefeated British poster boy fights the brawling Yank... it's a good story line, but neither of these guys really have the clout to pull a main event. I wonder if the UK crowd is getting tired of cards that are so mediocre that the Americans always get them on free TV.
willi e mays- October 13, 2008 at 10:49 pm
I can understand trying to convince the brits that the Chris Leben- Michael Bisping is their version of what GSP-Hughes was in Montreal but give me a fucking break... who's that stupid to believe that this is a main event type of fight?
some british nobody against another reality tv cunt... Kimbo-Ken was this laughable as a main event but at least Elite and Affliction have good fighters.