Fan-favorite and mixed martial arts legend Wanderlei Silva was scheduled to face Japanese superstar Yoshihiro Akiyama at the upcoming “UFC 116: Lesnar vs. Carwin” on July 3rd.
Silva is coming off of a win against Michael Bisping, but he suffered fractured ribs during training and has been forced to withdraw from his bout. Akiyama will remain on the fight card.
According to MMAjunkie.com, TUF alum Chris Leben has verbally agreed to step in as Silva’s replacement and face off against Akiyama in just two weeks. The report has since been confirmed by multiple sources. Not only will Leben be stepping up on short weeks notice, but he is coming off of a short layoff after just defeating Aaron Simpson at this past weekend’s TUF Finale.