Wanderlei Silva drops out of UFC 116; Chris Leben confirmed as replacementPosted on June 22, 2010, 04:49 PM by Daniel Cassidy
Wanderlei was forced to drop out of the bout with Akiyama due to fractured ribs. Further details are still unclear. Dana White has confirmed that despite this, Akiyama, who defeated Alan Belcher in his UFC debut. will still fight on the Lesnar vs Carwin card, however an opponent is still yet to be decided.
Akiyama currently holds an mma record of 13 -1-0-2. Prior to UFC, he was a vetran of K-1's mma promotions, his only loss coming via knees from Jerome LeBanner. UFC 116 Lesnar vs Carwin will take place on July 3, 2010 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.
With Silva now out of UFC 116, it seems Chris Leben could be the man to step up against Akiyama. Despite competing on the TUF 11 Finale this past Saturday night, in a win over previously undefeated Aaron Simpson. Official medical rulings gave Leben the all clear, and he is legally able to fight immediately. MMAweekly.com are currently reporting that The Crippler has accepted the bout. A win for Leben, currently 20-6, would catapult him straight in amongst the UFC's top 10 middleweights.
Meanwhile, this is what Wanderlei Silva had say to Fighters Only about his withdrawal from the fight:
"I went through a very tense and difficult weekend and had a very hard decision. Two weeks ago I felt pain in my knee while I was training wrestling. I had an MRI of my knee and three doctors told me my knee was torn. I took medicine to help with the pain, and although my knee felt loose, I said 'no,' this date is very important to me and I continued training. Last Friday, during sparring, I injured my rib. It was very painful and the next day I had an x-ray and an MRI. I discovered I had three broken ribs. After years of fighting, my body made me stop this time.
This is a very, very, very hard moment for me. This was a fight I really, really desired. You cannot imagine how much I wanted to fight on this card. It was my birthday, I had friends and family from Brazil and around the world coming to see me and now I cannot fight. I apologize to my opponent. I hope that I can fight with you in the future. You are an amazing fighter."
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