Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is heading across the pond for UFC 138 on 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.
While the promotion will make history with its first-ever five round non-title fight, "The Crippler" plans on disappointing fans coming to see the ten minutes formerly knows a "the championship rounds:"
"I'm really looking forward to this fight against Munoz and fighting in England again. They have some great fans there and the noise they make is loud. It is cool to make a little piece of history fighting in the first ever non-title five round fight, but I guarantee I won't even need three rounds in this fight."
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.
But don't expect Munoz to make it easy for him.
"Chris Leben is a great fighter. I've got a lot of respect for him. He's got a powerful left hand and he comes forward the whole time. He's very well-rounded; he has a great chin and he's shown a lot of wrestling skills and jiu-jitsu technique. He's a gritty fighter and I'm looking forward to this fight. I think it will go five rounds and I'll control the entire fight. We're both resilient so I think we're going to throw bombs for five rounds. We're making history so it's a good trivia question and I'll always know the answer to it! With a win over Chris I'm definitely going to be knocking at the door of title contention."
"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.
Also banging it out in Birmingham are bantamweight brawlers Brad "One Punch" Pickett and Renan "The Baron" Barão while UFC lightweight veteran "Relentless" Paul Taylor throws hands opposite Anthony "The Assassin" Njokuani.
Spike TV also televised the UFC 89: "Bisping vs. Leben" card from Birmingham, England, back in October 2008, featuring Chris Leben in a losing effort against Michael "The Count" Bisping.
For the current UFC 138 fight card and line-up click here.