Explosive light heavyweights Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (5-2) and Luis Cane (8-1) are set to go to war at UFC 89: "Leben vs. Bisping" at The National Indoor Arena (NIA) in Birmingham, England, on October 18.
The promotion today made the 205-pound bout official.
Sokoudjou rebounded from a submission loss to Lyoto Machida in his Octagon debut to finish Kazuhiro Nakamura at UFC 84: "Ill Will" back in May. "The African Assassin" poured it on thick in the opening frame and the tough as nails Japanese fighter couldn't answer the bell for the second round.
Cane is a Brazilian striker who has made quite a name for himself as a villain thanks in large part to his pre- and post-fight rhetoric. He likes to talk trash, which he did before and after his disqualification loss to James Irvin and his technical knockout win over Jason Lambert at UFC 85: "Bedlam" last month.
Expect more of the same this time around. And don't expect this 205-pound scrap to hit the mat -- these two guys love to strike.
UFC 89 will likely air on Spike TV for free via tape delay, featuring a main event between middleweight sluggers Michael Bisping and Chris Leben.