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UFC 116: Akiyama Not Happy With Leben As Replacement, Threatens Pullout?
Sexyama is up in arms over the UFC’s decision to replace the injured Wanderlei Silva with Chris Leben,
“I am not pleased with the change. There are just ten days left until the contest for me to determine [Leben’s] threats and the time is insufficient to establish a tailored gameplan. Leben is also not as high-profile as [Wanderlei] Silva and that does not help me…
“If there is to be a replacement I was hoping for a big name … I spent one year preparing hard for this fight and this news has come as a big disappointment, my motivation has waned. I do not know yet what will happen. .. In the worst case, I will not take part in the [UFC 116] event. We are working hard to resolve this issue.” [Daum.net via FightersOnly]
Akiyama better get used to these changes. Fighters train at a higher level, increasing the frequency of these type of injuries.
While, Leben might not have as of an extensive record as Wanderlei Silva, he brings in a huge following of fans from appearance on TUF 1.