UFC matchmaker and other officials continue to work over time to cobble together a solid UFC 85: "Bedlam" fight card for the June 7 pay-per-view (PPV) event that takes place at the O2 Arena in London, England.
This time it's Jason Day who has been asked to step up and fill-in for the incarcerated Chris Leben and fight hometown favorite, Michael Bisping, in a middleweight showdown slated for the main card.
Talk about one hell of an opportunity for the Canadian native to step up big against one of the promotion's most marketed fighters, eh?
Day is an extremely tough -- albeit relatively unknown -- fighter who wowed fans and critics alike with his knockout of Alan Belcher at UFC 83: "Serra vs. St. Pierre 2" on April 19. He was an underdog heading in to the bout, meaning most did not expect him to win ... especially the way that he did.
It was an impressive Octagon debut, and in the UFC world where no good deed goes unpunished, Day has been rewarded with a high profile fight against the charismatic The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 3 205-pound champion.
Bisping is fresh of a dominant performance at UFC 83 himself, putting it on Charles McCarthy for the majority of the first round. "Chainsaw" could not answer the bell for the second frame because of an arm injury and Bisping secured his first win at 185.
This is actually a very tricky fight for Bisping -- Day is a very well-rounded fighter who appears to improve fight after fight. This can and will more than likely be a very competitive bout. He is not a "can" or some other sacrificial lamb who the UFC is "feeding" Bisping.
Day has got some nice skills and will look to capitalize on a great opportunity. While the Leben fight had fireworks written all over it, don't write this one off too quick ... it should be an entertaining scrap.
For the most recent UFC 85 fight card click here.