It seems we will not have the pleasure of seeing the former pride champion Wanderlei Silva meet Yoshiro Akiyama at the upcoming UFC 116 on July 3 in Las Vegas. Silva has told sources at MMAFighting.com that he will have to withdraw from the card due to a fractured rib suffered during training.
UFC President White has also confirmed that he will need to make a last minute replacement of Silva.
Akiyama, who defeated Alan Belcher in his UFC coming out last July will not be replaced though on the other hand said White.
MMA Junkie has sense reported that Chris Leben has verbally agreed to replaced Silva against Akiayama and contracts are expected to be drawn up quickly. Leben is coming off a big win against Aaron Simpson just last Saturday at the TUF 11 Finale in Las Vegas.