As the Ultimate Fighting Championship's popularity in England continues to rise, the promotion is more frequently returning to its new base across the Atlantic. Less than a month removed from its latest trip to London, the UFC on Tuesday confirmed that British superstar
UFC 89 "Bisping vs. Leben" is slated for October 18 at the 13,000-seat National Indoor Arena in Birmingham. It marks the first venture for the promotion into Birmingham.
Bisping and Leben were originally slated to headline UFC 85 in London on June 7. Due to a legal situation regarding a parole violation stemming from a past DUI charge, Leben ended up serving 11 days of a 35-day jail sentence, which effectively made it impossible for him to compete.
Although he had to step down from the main event -- which instead featured
The win was Bisping's second consecutive victory since dropping down to the 185-pound middleweight division after losing a split decision to
Leben is also on a two-fight winning streak, most recently defeating
Popular British welterweight