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UFC 80 to be held in Newcastle, England; Marcus Davis v. Jess Liaudin rumored

According to The Fight Network, UFC 80 is scheduled for a return trip to the United Kingdom:

UFC 80 is scheduled to touch down at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England, a northern city with a population of only 260,000, but well known throughout the country for its vibrant nightlife and personality. The 11,000-seat Metro arena is a choice venue, as it has hosted numerous World Wrestling Entertainment events and will likely attract an MMA-savvy audience.

On the roster, French welterweight Jess “Joker” Liaudin (12-8) is in talks to face Bangor, Maine’s Marcus Davis (13-3), fresh off a come-from-behind victory over Walsall, England’s Paul Taylor (8-2) at Sept. 8’s UFC 75 in London, England. Contracts for this bout are pending.

Liaudin, a member of the Pancrase London team, has been triumphant his two times in the octagon, defeating German entry Dennis Siver (11-4) via first round armbar at April 21’s UFC 70 in Manchester, and “The Ultimate Fighter 2” alumni Anthony Torres (5-2) by a TKO stoppage at Sept. 8’s UFC 75 in London.

The question is whether or not this event will be on PPV or on Spike TV. And if it’s on PPV, I’m sure Dana and Co. will air it on tape delay considering the fallout from UFC 72 in Ireland. While that card sucked in the first place, airing it live in the middle of the day on a Saturday in the middle of summer with no replay of the fight that same night was a terrible decision. Hell, according to Dan Henderson, the financial losses from that show are affecting fighter pay, so that tells you something. They should at least show a replay later on that evening if they decide to air it live anyways.

As for the rumored fight, I would love to see Marcus Davis step up to some more formidable competition, but this fight makes quite a bit of sense. Both guys are at the middle of the pack in the welterweight division with at least four or five guys above them, so they might as well start putting together a pecking order in the division.

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