After collecting the biggest win of his career at UFC 116, Chris Leben immediately called for his next opponent. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like Wanderlei Silva will be in the cards for “The Crippler.”
“We talked about that, the problem is Wanderlei’s knee surgery. He’s going to be out for a while. [Leben] will rest, relax and get to take some time off, but get him right back in there,” UFC president Dana White said at the post-fight press conference. “I think it’s important to keep him active, keep him busy. He looks great and like he said, I agree with him, he’s completely matured as a fighter and as a person.”
Leben’s win over the highly regarded Yoshihiro Akiyama was his second in 14 days. He defeated Aaron Simpson at “The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale” exactly two weeks ago.
Three days after his knockout win, Leben was already back on the hook for another throw down after the UFC announced Wanderlei would be a no-go for his 185-pound shootout with Akiyama due to knee and rib injuries. So the UFC called Leben, and he didn’t hesitate in accepting the last-minute challenge.
“Wanderlei was supposed to take this fight. I want him next,” Leben emphatically said after the win.