Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is headed across the pond for UFC 138 on Saturday (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 LG Arena made a little history of its own, breaking its previous revenue record thanks to British MMA fans who plan on packing the house for this weekend's caged combat.
Despite boasting a lukewarm lineup, UFC 138 has already set the revenue record for Birmingham, England's LG Arena. UFC managing director of international development Marshall Zelaznik announced the news at Thursday morning's pre-fight press conference.
The is arena record is all-encompassing, comprised of both sporting and non-sporting events.In addition, Zelaznik announced that the event is hastily closing in on a sellout, with just "a couple hundred seats" remaining available for purchase. The LG Arena supports a peak attendance of 16,000.
Some of you may be hemming and hawing over the UFC 138 line-up, but the numbers speak for themselves.
Also banging it out in Birmingham are bantamweight brawlers Brad "One Punch" Pickett and Renan "The Baron" Barão while former UFC welterweight number one contender Thiago "The Pitbull" Alves tries to give a rude welcome to Octagon newcomer Papy Abedi.
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.