Wanderlei Silva vs. Brian Stann not likely for UFC 130Posted on February 4, 2011, 10:22 PM by Joey Santosus
Contrary to previous reports, the Middleweight bout between Wanderlei Silva and Brain Stann will not be featured at UFC 130.
The match-up was said to be confirmed on this week's episode of the UFC.com Ultimate Insider show, however a source close to the situation revealed that the fight was never official and that Silva feels he will not be healthy in time to prepare.
Silva originally wanted a shot at Chris Leben following "The Crippler's" impressive submission victory over Yoshihiro Akyama at UFC 116. It was Leben's second victory in just two weeks and because he had stepped in to face Akiyama when an injury had forced Silva himself off of the card, a potential bout between the two seemed to make sense.
However, while both fighters shared a mutual desire to face one another upon "The Axe Murderer's" return, Leben's momentum came to a crashing hault this past January when he was knocked out by Stann in the opening round of their UFC 125 match-up.
With no official opponent named for Stann at this time, it is unclear whether or not the former WEC Champion will still compete on the card.
UFC 130 is set to take place May 28th from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and will be headlined by Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard III.