Chris Leben will have to wait for fighting Wanderlei SilvaPosted on July 6, 2010, 10:23 PM by Joey Santosus
Chris "The Crippler" Leben, in machine like fashion, recently secured a TKO victory over hard-hitting Aaron Simpson, before showcasing his versatility with a third round submission victory over the highly regarded Yoshihiro Akiyama just a short two weeks later.
Leben was drafted to the UFC following his infamous run on The Ultimate Fighter reality show. In the years following, Leben has faced much adversity in his personal life, but it now appears "The Crippler" is ready to claim his spot among the elite.
Following his impressive victory over Akiyama at UFC 116, Leben made his intentions clear, issuing a challenge to the man he had stepped in to replace, Wanderlei Silva, who was forced to grudgingly pull out of the fight due to injuries sustained to both his ribs and knee.
“I want Wanderlei,” Leben yelled after this win. “Wanderlei was supposed to have this fight. I want him next. I’ll take you out too Wanderlei.”
With both men known for their heavy-hands and fearless stand-up, the bout would no doubt be fireworks, in fact one would assume with such potential to become an instant classic, the match would be a shoe-in, unfortunately one would be wrong. Following the event UFC president Dana White dashed all hopes of the slug-fest, explaining that Silva will not be octagon-ready for several months.
"We talked about that, the problem is Wanderlei's having knee surgery. He's going to be out for a while," said White.
Assumedly, Leben will be taking some much deserved time off following the miraculous two-fight stint, however in light of these recent events, White feels the best way to ensure his performance would be to keep him busy.
"The thing that I like, now Leben will get to take some time off. He'll rest, relax, but get him right back in there," White commented. "I think it's important to keep him active, keep him busy. He looks great and like he said, I completely agree with him. He's matured as a fighter, and as a person. I'm happy for him."
Though the former Team Quest fighter is assuredly enjoying his leisure time in his native home of Hawaii, fans across the world will be waiting in anticipation for his return to the octagon.