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UFC 82: Leben/Saraka In, Sanchez/Bielkheden Out

According to UFC’s UFC 82 Event Page, the supposedly finalized fight card for UFC 82: “Pride of a Champion” has been changed from its previously reported lineup.

Middleweights Alessio Sakara and Chris Leben have been moved into the televised card for the event, while welterweights Diego Sanchez and David Bielkheden have been moved out. Leben vs. Sakara will serve as the third middleweight bout on the card, as surely the UFC is expecting fireworks from this matchup.The NEW finalized card is as follows:


  • Anderson Silva vs. Dan Henderson (for the UFC Middleweight Title)
  • Heath Herring vs. Cheick Kongo
  • Alessio Sakara vs. Chris Leben
  • Yushin Okami vs. Evan Tanner
  • Chris Wilson vs. Jon Fitch

  • Jake O’Brien vs. Andrei Arlovski
  • Luigi Fioravanti vs. Luke Cummo
  • Dustin Hazelett vs. Josh Koscheck
  • John Halverson vs. Jorge Gurgel
  • David Bielkheden vs. Diego Sanchez

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