This Saturday (November 5, 2011), the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) takes the major leagues of MMA over to England. UFC 138 will go down at the LG Arena at the National Exhibition Center in Birmingham. While MMA fans aren't that impressed with the UFC 138 fight card, the main even featuring Chris Leben versus Mark Munoz should be exciting!
The winner of the main event, at UFC 138, should jump to the front of the line for a title shot in the UFC 185 lbs division. Both Chris Leben and Mark Munoz have been lingering in the division and a big win in a main event should propel them into a title shot.
Chris Leben is coming into UFC 138 off a big KO in his last fight. He knocked out MMA legend Wanderlei Silva in the first round at UFC 132. Leben is 4-1 in his last five fights in the UFC, he has heavy hands and is a KO threat every time he steps in the UFC cage. If he can keep the fight standing, he can pull this fight out.
Mark Munoz is coming off a grueling decision win over Demian Maia at UFC 131. He's 6-1 in his last 7 fights and has won three in a row. Munoz has a strong wrestling background, and he uses effectively either to grind out wins, or to set up his power punching. He's finished 6 of his 11 wins via TKO or KO, with his power punches.
Here's the rest of the card for UFC 138
Chris Leben vs. Mark Munoz
Brak Pickett vs. Renan Barao
Thiago Alves vs. Papy Abedi
Paul Taylor vs. Anthony Njokuani
Terry Etim vs. Edward Faaloloto
Cyrille Diabate vs. Anthony Perosh
Michihiro Omigawa vs. Jason Young
Rob Broughton vs. Philip De Fries
Chris Cope vs. Che Mills
Chris Cariaso vs. Vaughan Lee
John Mauire vs. Justin Edwards
UFC 138 will be making history by making Leben vs Munoz the first five round non-title MMA fight. The LG Arena has also made history of its own. British MMA fans have helped break it's revenue record by purchasing tickets to UFC 138.
Check out a UFC video featuring a little background on Mark Munoz.