Light heavyweights Brandon Vera and Keith Jardine will indeed tangle at UFC 89: "Leben vs. Bisping" at the National Indoor Arena (NIA) in Birmingham, England, on October 18, according to an official press release distributed earlier today.
This news confirms an earlier report that we passed along here and comes on the heels of the official announcement from UFC President Dana White over the weekend that show will air on Spike TV for free via tape delay.
It's an event that takes place just one week prior to UFC 90: "Silva vs. Cote" at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Ill., on October 25, which is possibly the reason for the free gift -- back-to-back pay-per-view (PPV) events would be a tough sell to fans ... literally.
In addition to the Vera-Jardine 205-pound match up, two welterweight clashes -- Marcus Davis vs. Paul Kelly and Chris Lytle vs. Paul Taylor -- were also confirmed. We first shared news about those bouts right here and here, respectively.
UFC 89 features the main event between middleweight brawlers Chris Leben and Michael Bisping. To check out the most recent card and rumors click here.