UFC 85

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UFC 85: Bedlam
UFC 85.jpg
A poster or logo for UFC 85: Bedlam.
Promotion Ultimate Fighting Championship
Date June 7, 2008
Venue The O2 Arena
City London, United Kingdom
Attendance 15,327[1]
Total gate 2,920,000
Buyrate 215,000[2]
Event chronology
UFC 84: Ill Will UFC 85: Bedlam The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs. Team Forrest Finale

UFC 85: Bedlam was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), on June 7, 2008 at The O2 Arena in London, United Kingdom.[3]


The card was plagued by a number of injuries sustained by scheduled fighters, forcing the UFC to rework the card several times. Originally, the main event was to be between light heavyweights Chuck Liddell and Mauricio Rua; however, Rua required surgery on an injured knee and could not compete. Rashad Evans then replaced Rua in the main event with Liddell,[4] but Liddell was forced to withdraw from the card due to a hamstring injury.[5] The UFC then named James Irvin as Liddell's replacement to fight Evans, but Irvin sustained a foot injury that forced him to pull out. Evans was then removed from the card as well.

The main event was ultimately changed to Matt Hughes against Thiago Alves. Hughes took the fight on short notice as a favor to the UFC and Alves came in four pounds overweight.

In other changes, a Jonathan Goulet and Paul Kelly match was cancelled when Goulet dropped out citing a lack of training time, followed by Kelly withdrawing before his opponent could be named because of an injury sustained in practice.

Due to legal problems which resulted in a lack of time to prepare for his fight with Michael Bisping, Chris Leben was forced to withdraw from the card and the UFC announced Jason Day would face Bisping.

Ryo Chonan was replaced by Kevin Burns,[6] and Neil Wain was replaced by Eddie Sanchez.[7]


Main card (PPV)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Catchweight (174 lbs) Thiago Alves def. Matt Hughes TKO (flying knee and strikes) 2 1:02
Middleweight Michael Bisping def. Jason Day TKO (punches) 1 3:42
Welterweight Mike Swick def. Marcus Davis Decision (unanimous) (29–27, 29–27, 29–27) 3 5:00 [a]
Middleweight Thales Leites def. Nate Marquardt Decision (split) (28–27, 27–28, 28–27) 3 5:00 [b]
Heavyweight Fabrício Werdum def. Brandon Vera TKO (punches) 1 4:40
Preliminary card
Middleweight Martin Kampmann def. Jorge Rivera Submission (guillotine choke) 1 2:44
Lightweight Matt Wiman def. Thiago Tavares KO (punches) 2 1:57
Welterweight Kevin Burns def. Roan Carneiro Submission (triangle choke) 2 3:50
Light Heavyweight Luiz Cane def. Jason Lambert TKO (punches) 1 2:07
Welterweight Paul Taylor def. Jess Liaudin Decision (split) (28–29, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Heavyweight Antoni Hardonk def. Eddie Sanchez TKO (punches) 2 4:15
  1. ^ Swick had 1 point deducted in round 3 for holding the cage.
  2. ^ Marquardt had 2 points deducted during the fight, one in round 2 (illegal knee to the head of a downed opponent) and the other in round 3 (elbow to the back of the head).

Bonus awards[edit]

At the end of this event, the UFC awarded $50,000 to each of the fighters who received one of these three awards.[8]


  1. ^ Dave Deibert (2008-06-07). "Thiago Alves beats Matt Hughes at UFC 85". The Vancouver Sun. 
  2. ^ http://mmapayout.com/blue-book/pay-per-view/
  3. ^ "UFC Returns To London". UFC.com. 2008-03-06. Retrieved 2008-03-08. 
  4. ^ Thomas Gerbasi (2008-03-04). "Rua Re-Injures Knee, will undergo Surgery". UFC.com. 
  5. ^ Foster, Eric (April 21, 2008). "Chuck Liddell Injured, Out of UFC 85". MMA Junkie. Retrieved 2008-04-22. 
  6. ^ Stupp, Dann (2008-05-27). "Kevin Burns expected to replace Ryo Chonan at UFC 85". Retrieved 2008-05-28. 
  7. ^ Stupp, Dann (2008-05-28). "Another UFC 85 change: Eddie Sanchez replaces Neil Wain". Retrieved 2008-05-28. 
  8. ^ Alves, Burns, Wiman and Tavares earn $50K UFC 85 bonuses | MMAjunkie.com

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