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Two more fights for UFC 89

A lightweight bout between Jess Liaudin vs. David Bielkheden and a welterweight encounter between Paul Kelly vs. Marcus Davis are set to take place at UFC 89 on October 18, according to separate reports by MMAWeekly.com.

MMA Weekly is indicating that Liaudin and Bieklheden will both be dropping from welterweight for their fight. TKOExtreme.com had reported last week that Kelly was set to square off against Sam Stout. However, MMA Weekly is quoting Kelly as its source for their reported matchup.

So far, just one match has been officially announced for UFC 89, which is scheduled to take place from Birmingham, England at the NIA Arena. The UFC formally announced several weeks ago that the show will be headlined by a middleweight fought featuring Michael Bisping taking on Chris Leben.

A welterweight fight between Diego Sanchez vs. Thiago Alves has been rumored as well, but nothing has been officially announced.

Currently, UFC 89 is not scheduled to be shown on pay-per-view in the United States. It’s expected that the event will air on a tape delay basis on Spike TV, however, no official announcement has been made.

11 COMMENTS
  • This whole “England circuit” thing of Bisping, Liaudin, Davis, Kelly and other guys is just getting annoying. It’s like UFC Jr. in the UK.

  • Charles says:

    Yes, I agree with you Michael it shouldn’t really matter where the hell you fight.The UFC is just trying to appeal to the UK mma crowd with UK fighters.
    I do think that the Leben vs Bisbing fight will be a good match but I don’t think I would pay for it.

  • MMA Man Up says:

    If it wasn’t for the fact that the UFC is trying to appeal to the UK audience then guys like Kelly and Bielkheden would never be on the roster.

  • saerbarnet says:

    #3 What appeal does a Swedish fighter have in an English crowd?
    Enlighten me please. (Talking about Bielkheden)

  • jammin says:

    Isn’t Paul Kelly fighting Sam Stout, not Marcus Davis (again) ?

  • MMA Man Up says:

    Your right its not like he is going to be a fan favorite, but I just think he is going to be a little more appealing being an European fighter than some can from America. Also without doing the extra cards in the UK would the some of these guys be in the UFC?

  • Paul says:

    It’s pretty obvious why they have local fighters, they do the same in the US, it’s so their friends, neighbours and people they know will buy tickets. Having 4 or 5 Brits on the card could add a few hundred to the gate and it also improves the atmosphere in the arena.

  • Sven says:

    I could actually imagine that for the smaller name fighter (like my countryman Bielkheden) the geographical location might play a part. First of all, it’s cheaper to fly from Sweden to England than to take a train inside the country, meaning that they can actually bring an entourage and even som small scale media.

    More importantly, the jet lag of flying between continents is a problem for any fighter, so picking up a couple of locals might be a good idea. I’m not sure if this is applicable for Bielkheden at the moment; he has more often than not been based in Japan or Brasil. But for the first Swede in UFC, Per Eklund, this was definitely the case, since he is based in Stockholm and has a dayjob and a son to take care of.

    (And you don’t need to remind me of that the mentioned Swedes haven’t exactly impressed in the Octagon. I doubt we’ll ever see Eklund there again. I think he is quite technical, both on the ground and standing, but he is obviously not fit enough for the big league. Amazingly it seemed to me like he was outstriking the overrated Sam Stout on his feet, as long as he had his cardio working. And then he got stuck in totally pointless take down attempts for the remainder of the bout.)

  • kingiefella says:

    being an englishman myself living in the states the last 7 years i feel like it was when america brought over the American Gladiators….was fun at first but when England had their own Gladiator shows it died out. I feel that if left to england to hold ufc it will not get as big as it is here….why does the american fighters have to go there?…this is the country (usa) to build any fighters rep and to see how good they are. get off your arse over here and see how good you are fellas…just my feelings and 2 cents so please dont get offended anyone

  • JTM says:

    #8 – I was disappointed with Sam Stout in that fight as much as I was with Eklund, I’d like to see Eklund fight again, his ground game looked intersting, but he needs a lot of work before he is UFC material. Sam “Hands of Stone” Stout lived up to his nickname that night, he really had trouble moving them at all. That was a terrible match.

    And while I’ll never get tired of watching Marcus Davis fight, I want to know what it will take before we see some different UFC fighters come to the UK. I suspect it’s the money. I don’t imagine the UFC pays for travel expenses and you have to be pretty committed / well paid before a fighter will travel to fight outside the US.

    The thing is, the whole European circuit needs to improve a lot.

  • Sven says:

    #10 I agree. Eklund is a technical ground fighter, that is his base. But he has also a fairly technical boxing, having done a couple of (successful) professional boxing matches to improve in that area. But obviously the stamina and inability to modify his game plan that he showed against Stout just makes him impossible in that league. It was truly an awful match.

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