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Leben takes Wanderlei’s spot against Sexyama

Yes Nick, Chris is muggin’ on you

No, Chris Leben wasn’t arrested again … instead Wanderlei Silva has apparently broken a rib during training for his fight against Yoshihiro Akiyama. The fight was to take place alongside the much awaited bout between interim heavyweight champion Shane Carwin and heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar on July 3rd.

That said, Chris Leben has stepped up and agreed to take on the Japanese-Korean superstar. Leben just fought and will have less than two weeks off before the fight. I say Leben is probably the most interesting choice to fight Akiyama, sure he isn’t Wandy but goddamn it he will make this fight just as exciting. Add to that the fact that he is taking practically no lay off before the fight make s a win that much more important. As Fiveboltmain pointed out in the forums this kind of thing means Chris will always have a job in the UFC.