UFC 138 to Air on Spike!

July 25, 2011

The UFC is returning to England and we'll have the action for you here on Spike.

UFC 138 will take place on November 5 from Birmingham, England, and the card is already shaping up to be a real crowd pleaser.

The main event pits middleweights Chris Leben and Mark Munoz in what will be the UFC's first five-round non-title fight.

Leben has been a mainstay at 185 dating back to his time on The Ultimate Fighter and has won four of his last five fights, including a stunning knockout of Wanderlei Silva in early July. Leben has said he's excited to be involved in this new step for the UFC.

"It is cool to make a little piece of history fighting in the first ever non-title five round fight," Leben said. "But I guarantee I won't even need three rounds in this fight."

Mark Munoz will come into UFC 138 on a three-fight winning streak, having bested Aaron Simpson, C.B. Dollaway and Demian Maia. An All-American wrestler at Oklahoma State, Munoz will likely have a better chance of controlling where the fight goes, but he's not taking Leben lightly.

"I've got a lot of respect for him. He's got a powerful left hand and he comes forward the whole time", said Munoz. "He's very well-rounded; he has a great chin and he's shown a lot of wrestling skills and jiu-jitsu technique."

Two more fights have been confirmed for UFC 138. First, a bantamweight showdown pits London native Brad Pickett against Renan Barão. A former soccer player, Pickett most recently outpointed Ivan Menjivar this past December. Barão is riding the longest undefeated streak in MMA, having 26 wins since the last time he was beaten. His last win was in May, a unanimous decision over Cole Escovedo.

Also on the card, lightweights Paul Taylor and Anthony Njokuani will slug it out. This promises to be an exciting battle, as Taylor has three Fight of the Night performances, compared to Njokuani's one. Njokuani, on the other hand, has three Knockout of the Night bonuses. Clearly this one has the potential for serious fireworks.

We'll have more in the days and weeks leading up to UFC 138, but if someone's invited you to a wedding or something on November 5th, you'll want to just send back your regrets now. Get them something nice off the registry, though.

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