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http://mmajunkie.com/news/19650/chris-leben-agrees-to-replace-injured-wanderlei-silva-in-ufc-116-co-main-event.mma

Fresh off a dominant win at The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale, Chris Leben (20-6 MMA, 10-5 UFC) has agreed to replace injured Wanderlei Silva (33-10-1 MMA, 3-5 UFC) and fight Yoshihiro Akiyama (13-1-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) in the co-headliner of next week's UFC 116 event.

A source close to the event told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) Leben has agreed to the bout and is expected to sign shortly.

Leben scored a second-round TKO of Aaron Simpson on Saturday, and if signed, his fight with Akiyama will take place after a mere 12-day layoff.

Post #1   6/22/10 6:06:26PM   

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Leben vs Akiyama is still a very good fight.

Post #2   6/22/10 6:08:36PM   

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might order it after all. another win here for leben would be huge.

It's just funny that there was an article I saw that said leben was in no hurry to get back into the cage or something like that and then boom he's fighting again.

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jesus that was fast. im fine with this, its a name that the fans know and he always has fun fights to watch.

part of me would have rather seen him fight wandy rather than sexyama though, i like me a good slugfest from time to time.

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Posted by cowcatcher

jesus that was fast. im fine with this, its a name that the fans know and he always has fun fights to watch.

part of me would have rather seen him fight wandy rather than sexyama though, i like me a good slugfest from time to time.



Now that you mention it, Leben/Wandy would be epic.

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This sucks. I was pumped to see the ax murderer in action!! Leben is a good replacment and if he wins it will do wonders for his career!

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Holy crap! big news. Wandy injured at the last moment. I am happy he pulled out instead of losing than having everyone make excuses for him. I hope he gets better, he was looking good recently.Leben is the best replacement you could hope for atm. I hope someone gets ktfo!

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Posted by cowcatcher

jesus that was fast. im fine with this, its a name that the fans know and he always has fun fights to watch.

part of me would have rather seen him fight wandy rather than sexyama though, i like me a good slugfest from time to time.



Now that you mention it, Leben/Wandy would be epic.



Wand vs winner of Leben/Akiyama for the UFC 120 Main event.

That'd be epic.

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How is he cleared to fight so soon?

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I think I'm going to take Leben in this fight.

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Posted by BigIP

How is he cleared to fight so soon?



7 Day suspension?

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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO :(

Post #12   6/22/10 7:06:25PM   

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There is no way Leben will come out in top form. I realize that he just got out of camp, and his weight probably isn't where it was when he started his last camp, but Leben probably still has a good 10-15 pounds to cut again. He'll tire out fast, unless he can get an early ko.

I'm not saying he won't do it, I'm just saying, he won't be in top form.

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That was fast. Good replacement. Glad to see leban step up for the fans
Someone is getting knocked out

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NICE!!! I love seeing Leben fight, and he looked pretty good in his win over Simpson, I think that he will KO Akiyama with ease.

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