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:

    MAIN CARD

  • 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
  • PRELIMINARY CARD

  • 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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9 COMMENTS
  • Matt says:

    Is Andrea, Andrei’s sister?

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  • Paul Balsom says:

    hmm, I copy and pasted… must’ve been something Senor takedown had on the Fights page.

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  • Mike Wolfe says:

    Good change. Leben is never boring.

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  • Matt says:

    I’d rather see Leben over Sanchez any day of the week. Though I only watch hoping they lose.

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  • Sam Cupitt says:

    Why if isn’t the first time an Ultimate Fighter winner is untelevised.

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  • Thomas Whigham says:

    you think the UFC has soured on Sanchez or are they just waiting to see what he’s like now that he doesn’t have a staph infection coursing through him?

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  • screwface says:

    diego lost a few and stole danas favorite ring girl. id say hes not on the fav fighter list for ufc right now :p

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  • Sam Cupitt says:

    I think they looked at Bielkheden’s record and saw that he’s very hard to finish and Sanchez will probably just fight not to lose after coming off consecutive losses. Meaning… dog of a fight.

    Leben and Sakara will be very quick and very painful.

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  • Hey Diego, how does it feel to have Leben fighting ahead of you?? Hahaha…..

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