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.

UPDATE:

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.

Source: MMAFighting.com