UFC 89

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UFC 89: Bisping vs. Leben
A poster or logo for UFC 89: Bisping vs. Leben.
Promotion Ultimate Fighting Championship
Date October 18, 2008
Venue National Indoor Arena
City Birmingham, United Kingdom
Attendance 9,515[1]
Event chronology
UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Neer UFC 89: Bisping vs. Leben UFC 90: Silva vs Côté

UFC 89: Bisping vs. Leben was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) on October 18, 2008 at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, United Kingdom. The event was headlined by a middleweight bout between Michael Bisping and Chris Leben. This event aired live in Great Britain and Ireland on Setanta Sports and via tape delay in the United States and Canada on Spike TV. It also aired live via Rogers Sportsnet in Canada. The broadcast peaked with 3.4 million viewers on Spike TV.[2]


Lyoto Machida was scheduled to face fellow undefeated light heavyweight Thiago Silva, but a back injury forced Silva to withdraw from the fight.[3] The fight was rescheduled for UFC 94.

After the event, Chris Leben tested positive for Stanozolol, a banned substance. He was suspended for a period of 9 months and fined one third of his purse.[4] Leben admitted he had used the substance several months prior to the fight, but stated he had assumed it would have been out of his system by then.


Preliminary card[edit]

Eklund defeated Schiavo via submission (rear naked choke) at 1:47 of round 3.
Miller defeated Baron by submission (rear naked choke) at 3:19 of round 3.
Etim defeated Stout via unanimous decision (30–27, 29–28, 29–28).
Bielkheden defeated Liaudin via unanimous decision (30–27, 29–28, 29–28).
Carwin defeated Wain by TKO (punches) 1.31 of round 1. This preliminary bout was aired on the Setanta Sports PPV broadcast.
Hardy defeated Gono via split decision (29–28, 29–28, 28–29).

Main card[edit]

Davis defeated Kelly by submission (guillotine choke) 2:16 of round 2.
Lytle defeated Taylor via unanimous decision (30–27, 29–28, 29–28).
Cane defeated Sokoudjou by TKO (punches) 4:15 of round 2.
Jardine defeated Vera via split decision (29–28, 29–28, 28–29).
Bisping defeated Leben via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 29–28).

Bonus awards[edit]

All fighters were awarded an extra $40,000.[5]


  1. ^ "Cane, Miller, Lytle, Taylor win post-UFC 89 honors". MMAFighting.com. 2008-10-18. 
  2. ^ "UFC 89 on Spike TV peaks with 3.4 million viewers". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  3. ^ "THIAGO SILVA OUT OF UFC 89 FIGHT WITH MACHIDA". MMA Weekly. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  4. ^ "UFC Flags Leben for Steroid Use". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2008-11-03. 
  5. ^ "UFC 89 AWARDS NET $40,000 BONUSES". MMA Weekly. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 

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