UFC 89 Quick Results: Bisping vs. Leben

If you were living in Canada and were at home because you were cooking a prime rib and your wife and daughter were taking a 3-hour nap, you may have been lucky enough to catch this event LIVE in HD on Rogers Sportsnet. Sportsnet has been really good with showing the Fight Night/Ultimate Finale matches live, and I guess that MMA is doing well enough on the channel that we get something that normally would be shunted to an afternoon PPV slot. Of course, they’d probably put on poker, 9-ball or darts on at 3pm on Saturday, so it was probably a no-brainer.

Anyways, the results:
Main Event:
Michael “The Count” Bisping (17-1) def. Chris “The Crippler” Leben (18-5) by Unanimous Decision.
– Bisping fought using the Lyoto Method to gain the victory. It’s not that flashy or exciting, but looking at Leben’s eye, the strategy was obviously quite effective.

Live Card:
“The Dean of Mean” Keith Jardine (14-4-1) def. Brandon “The Truth” Vera (9-3) by Split Decision
– Probably the worst fight of the main card due to it’s yo-yoing between exciting and boring. It seemed like both men were looking to counterpunch. The fight had it’s moments, but it wasn’t exactly memorable.

Luiz “Banha” Cane (9-1) def, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (5-3) by TKO -> Strikes (4:15 R2) *KO of the Night
– Cane makes that Irwin DQ loss look like the anomaly it is. Sokoudjou, meanwhile, needs to seriously work on his conditioning.

Chris “Lights Out” Lytle (26-16-5) def. “Relentless” Paul Taylor (9-4-1) by Unanimous Decision *Fight of the Night
– Easily the best fight of the day as the two kept testing each other’s jaws. Lytle was spent after the fight but I have to believe that his constant landing of body strikes helped carry him to victory here.

“The Irish Hand Grenade” Marcus Davis (15-4) def. Paul Kelly (7-1) by Tapout -> Guillotine Choke (2:16 R2)
– Davis gets back into the win column. On TV, you could see the guillotine coming a mile away but Kelly didn’t have the benefit of those angles and ended up maneuvering himself right into the perfect position for Davis to lock in the choke. Davis later begged to fight in Ireland, and considering that his last five fights have all been in the UK, it’s reasonable to assume that he’ll be heading a little further west to Ireland to fight in January – potentially against Lytle, which should be darn good.

The Undercard:
“The Outlaw” Dan Hardy (20-6) def. “Magic Man” Akihiro Gono (28-13-7) by Split Decision
Shane Carwin (10-0) def. Neil Wain (4-1) by TKO -> Strikes (1:31 R1) *Shown on Live Broadcast
David Bielkheden (13-6) def. Jess “The Joker” Liaudin (12-11) by Unanimous Decision
Terry Etim (11-2)def. “Hands of Stone” Sam Stout (13-5-1) by Unanimous Decision
Jim Miller (12-1) def. David Baron (16-3) by Tapout -> Rear-Naked Choke (3:19 R3) *Submission of the Night
Per Eklund (13-3-1) def. Sammy “The Dog” Schiavo (10-6) by Tapout -> Rear-Naked Choke (1:47 R3)

Kevin Wong writes for Inside Fights, Reality Dish and Prime Time Pulse. He wishes the Silva-Cote match was on free television/

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