UFC 138

UFC 138: Leben vs. Muñoz was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on November 5, 2011 at LG Arena in Birmingham, England. The event aired on the same day, via tape delay, on Spike TV in the U.S. and live on Sportsnet in Canada. The event was the second that the UFC has hosted in Birmingham, the first was UFC 89 back in 2008 also featuring Chris Leben in the main event.


After several tenatively scheduled 2011 events [4] at various locations around the United Kingdom did not materialize, including Glasgow, Liverpool, London as well as a planned return to Ireland, it was expected that the organization would not hold an event in the area during 2011.

The main event was the first non-title five round fight in the history of the UFC.

Mark Scanlon was expected to face James Head at this event. However, Scanlon was pulled from the bout and replaced by promotional newcomer John Maguire. Then, on September 28, Head himself pulled out of the fight due to an undisclosed injury and was replaced by Justin Edwards.

Pascal Krauss was expected to face John Hathaway at this event. However, on August 30 Krauss pulled out of the bout citing a shoulder injury, and was replaced by Matt Brown. Then on October 17 it was announced that Hathaway was forced to withdraw from the bout due to injury as well. As a result, Brown was pulled from the event and will face Seth Baczynski at UFC 139.

Philip De Fries was expected to face Oli Thompson at this event. However, on October 17 it was announced that Thompson was forced to withdraw from the bout due to injury. De Fries fought Rob Broughton at this event instead.

Anthony Njokuani was scheduled to fight Paul Taylor on the main card. However, Taylor sustained a whiplash injury during a minor traffic collision on November 1 forcing him from the bout. Due to insufficient time to find a replacement, Njokuani will be moved to a future card, while a prelim fight between Cyrille Diabate and Anthony Perosh was promoted to the main card.

  1. Chris Leben vs Mark Munoz
    Chris Leben
    22-8-0 Record 12-2-0
    5' 11" Height 6' 0"
    185lbs (84kg) Weight 185lbs (84kg)
    73 Reach
    United States   United States
    Mark Munoz
    • Middleweight bout: Muñoz defeated Leben via TKO (corner stoppage) at 5:00 of round 2.
  2. Brad Pickett vs Renan Barao
    Brad Pickett
    21-5-0 Record 29-1-0, 1NC
    5' 6" Height 5' 6"
    135lbs (61kg) Weight 135lbs (61kg)
    England   Brazil
    Renan Barao
    • Bantamweight bout: Barão defeated Pickett via submission (rear naked choke) at 4:09 of round 1.
  3. Thiago Alves vs Papy Abedi
    Thiago Alves
    24-7-0 Record 8-1-0
    5' 9" Height 5' 11"
    170lbs (77kg) Weight 170lbs (77kg)
    70 Reach
    Brazil   Democratic Republic of the Congo
    Papy Abedi
    • Welterweight bout: Alves defeated Abedi via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:32 of round 1.
  4. Terry Etim vs Edward Faaloloto
    Terry Etim
    15-3-0 Record 5-3-0
    6' 1" Height 5' 9"
    155lbs (70kg) Weight 155lbs (70kg)
    73 Reach
    England   United States
    Edward Faaloloto
    • Lightweight bout: Etim defeated Faaloloto via submission (guillotine choke) at 0:17 of round 1.
  5. Cyrille Diabate vs Anthony Perosh
    Cyrille Diabate
    18-8-3 Record 12-6-0
    6' 6" Height 6' 3"
    205lbs (93kg) Weight 205lbs (93kg)
    France   Australia
    Anthony Perosh
    • Light Heavyweight bout: Perosh defeated Diabaté via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:09 of round 2.
  6. Preliminary Card

  7. John Maguire vs Justin Edwards
    John Maguire
    17-3-0 Record 8-2-0
    5' 9" Height 5' 10"
    170lbs (77kg) Weight 170lbs (77kg)
    England   United States
    Justin  Edwards
    • Welterweight bout: Maguire defeated Edwards via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 30–27). This bout aired last on the live broadcast following the Leben vs. Muñoz fight. This bout also aired on the Spike broadcast following the Alves vs. Abedi fight.
  8. Michihiro Omigawa vs Jason Young
    Michihiro Omigawa
    13-10-1 Record 8-5-0
    5' 6" Height 5' 9"
    145lbs (65kg) Weight 145lbs (65kg)
    Japan Reach England
    Jason Young
    • Featherweight bout: Omigawa defeated Young via unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 29–28).
  9. Rob Broughton vs Phil De Fries
    Rob Broughton
    15-7-1 Record 8-0-0, 1NC
    6' 2" Height 6' 5"
    265lbs (120kg) Weight 250lbs (113kg)
    England   England
    Phil De Fries
    • Heavyweight bout: De Fries defeated Broughton via unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 29–28).
  10. Chris Cope vs Che Mills
    Chris Cope
    5-3-0 Record 14-4-0, 1NC
    0 Height 6' 1"
    170lbs (77kg) Weight 170lbs (77kg)
    United States   England
    Che Mills
    • Welterweight bout: Mills defeated Cope via TKO (knees and punches) at 0:40 of round 1. This bout aired on the live broadcast and Spike broadcast following the Diabaté vs. Perosh fight.
  11. Chris Cariaso vs Vaughan Lee
    Chris Cariaso
    12-3-0 Record 11-7-1
    5' 3" Height 5' 5"
    135lbs (61kg) Weight 135lbs (61kg)
    United States   England
    Vaughan Lee
    • Bantamweight bout: Cariaso defeated Lee via split decision (28–29, 29–28, 29–28).
  12. Fight of the Night: Brad Pickett vs. Renan Barão
    Knockout of the Night: Che Mills
    Submission of the Night: Terry Etim