What you need to know before UFC 89

The UFC will invade Birmingham, England for UFC 89 this weekend. Though this event is without a championship fight, it is still an important event that has the MMA-blogworld buzzing. Take a look:

- MMA Rated noticed that the card is stocked with Brits, including Michael Bisping and Paul Kelly. That's quite shocking for an event in England.

- Cage Potato helps you figure out your betting plans for the weekend, if you're into that sort of thing.

- In an interview with Dana White, the Canadian Press finds that Brandon Vera is a changed man. Haven't we heard this before? At some point, Vera has to come through on his potential or find a new line of work.

- Five Ounces of Pain previewed the undercard. I'm looking forward to see if Sam Stout can win this win-or-get-cut fight. Much like Vera, he never seems to accomplish what his fans know that he is capable of.

- Yahoo's very own Kevin Iole spoke with Michael Bisping and found that Bisping is using this fight to see if he is ready to fight Anderson Silva.

Order the pizza, pick up a few beers and join us on Saturday night as we liveblog UFC 89 during Spike's free broadcast of the event. It will be loads of fun, I promise.

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