Akiyama Agrees To Replacement For Lesnar-Carwin Semi-Main

Matt Boone

UFC Middleweight contender Yoshihiro Akiyama officially agreed to the July 3rd fight against Chris Leben for the semi-main event of the UFC 116 pay-per view, which features former WWE Superstar and UFC Heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin in the main event.

Leben is filling in for legendary MMA competitor Wanderlei Silva, who had to pull out of the fight at the last minute due to injuries suffered in training. It’s interesting to note that Leben just fought (and won) this past Saturday night during the live Ultimate Fighter 11 finale on Spike TV, defeating Aaron Simpson via TKO in the second round.

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