Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is heading across the pond for UFC 138 on Saturday night (Nov. 5, 2011) featuring a middleweight mash-up between surging division contenders Chris Leben and Mark Munoz, who will throw hands in the five-round main event on Spike TV when the promotion invades the LG Arena at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, England.
UFC 138: "Leben vs. Munoz" will air stateside via same-day tape delay at 8 p.m. ET on the cable television network.
Leben was pounded out by Brian Stann at UFC 125 earlier this year to bring a halt to his three-fight win streak, one that included impressive stoppages over Aaron Simpson and Yoshihiro Akiyama back in 2010.
"The Crippler" rebounded by dimming the lights for Wanderlei Silva at UFC 132 earlier this month with a vicious first round knockout, one that could easily propel him to the front of the 185-pound pack if he's able to replicate that performance on Nov. 5.
The oddsmakers aren't giving him much of a chance, however, pegging him as the +175 underdog.
"The Philippine Wrecking Machine" continued to inch closer to a middleweight title shot after overcoming the improved striking of Demian Maia, who took Munoz to the scorecards before losing a close unanimous decision back on June 11.
The former collegiate wrestling standout has just one loss as a 185-pounder, a razor-thin split decision to Yushin Okami at UFC on Versus 2 last August.
Anyone think Munoz is getting too much respect? Or Leben not enough?