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Finally: Wanderlei Silva and Chris Leben to Slug It Out at UFC 132

(Wandy’s been waiting for this moment ever since his son told him he wants to be the Cat Smasher when he grows up.)

UFC.com confirmed last night that middleweight veterans Wanderlei Silva and Chris Leben will be meeting at UFC 132 (July 2nd, Las Vegas). It’s a matchup that’s been a year in the making. Following his upset submission victory over Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 116 last July, Leben called out Akiyama’s original opponent for the fight, Wanderlei Silva. Silva liked the sound of it, and has been mentioning Leben’s name ever since.

Unfortunately, with Silva recuperating from knee surgery, Leben was forced to take another fight in the meantime, and wound up getting KO’d by Brian Stann. But although Silva has been tied to everyone from Stann to Chael Sonnen to Vitor Belfort for his return bout, it seems that the Axe Murderer is getting his wish to fight the Crippler, in a match that’s as close to a guaranteed slugfest as you can get in this kooky sport. Silva expressed his joy via Twitter:

“This is the most important fight in my career, after my last [surgery] I have bad thinks about my career and now I go back…I don’t have words for say thanks for all support you give to me, you help to bad days pass fast, you are part of my family obrigado meu DEUS!…thanks my lord for one more opportunity, I don’t [know] how many fights, I gonna make more I go enjoy all”

Silva hasn’t competed since his unanimous decision win over Michael Bisping at UFC 110, in February 2010. UFC 132 is also expected to feature Urijah Faber vs. Dominick Cruz and Tito Ortiz vs. Ryan Bader.

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The Highest Primate- April 5, 2011 at 7:43 pm
Wandy is trying to put his kid to sleep with a Vulcan nerve pinch.
Should be a great fight between two of the roundest heads in the game.
sakurabasear- April 5, 2011 at 7:39 pm
How many tattoo's does his kid have?

I got Silva by KO then on to Belfort before one last fight against......(insert name here)
rogerw- April 5, 2011 at 1:44 pm
For a moment I thought that was Leben standing next to Wanderlei.
Komodo- April 5, 2011 at 1:41 pm
DootDaGod- April 5, 2011 at 11:43 am
finally a fight worth watching in ufc, sheesh, im done with this wrestling bullshit, these boys know how to get down (no homo)
andersonsyourmom- April 5, 2011 at 11:26 am
i give leben a punch he no can defense.
SnackDaddy- April 5, 2011 at 10:49 am
The Chael Sonnen impersonator is fucking funny.
Also, Wandy is one stand up guy, if there ever was one. Mad respect for him.
El Guapo- April 5, 2011 at 10:45 am
^Sarcasm. But I AM suprised nobody's mentioned it yet, seeing as how Bones would be neck high in the shit he normally gets for praising Jebuz. Not trying to start ANOTHER holy war, just sayin..
El Guapo- April 5, 2011 at 10:43 am
Whoa, whoa, whoa! "Thanks my Lord" ?? Sorry, Wandy, but we don't take too kindly to the Lord around these parts, playa.
The Mad Montrealer- April 5, 2011 at 10:41 am
intercept440- April 5, 2011 at 10:40 am
ExpectJesusBro Says:
Tue, 04/05/11 - 05:53


Dude..........you realize that really isnt chael sonnen posting on CP right?
Smitty- April 5, 2011 at 8:27 am
@ Rex
I am a bastard, and I do care, but you do realize the sun is starting to set on ya boy right. I love the dude, even got the chance to hang out with him and stitch in Vegas. IMO he's the kindest to the fans of ANY fighter out there today. I still think he has a handful of good fights left in him, I just hope he goes out the right way.
jimbonics- April 5, 2011 at 8:24 am
Danky4twanky- April 5, 2011 at 7:57 am
Haha nice!!! I knew I wasn't the only person to see that movie! Murder, death, kill
LOKI- April 5, 2011 at 7:16 am
@Danky4twanky-Simon says bleed!
n8dee- April 5, 2011 at 7:11 am
Leben by larger mandible
dranokills- April 5, 2011 at 6:48 am
I like Leben cause he is crazy as hell, but Wandy will beat him down. sorry Crippler that will be 2 bad fights in a row for you.
Those crazy wild looping punches you throw will never hit Wandy.
MMAINMYBLOOD- April 5, 2011 at 6:42 am
This has fight of the year written all over it... I think Leben wins by ko.. his chin is better than wandys at this point in his career..
DangadaDang- April 5, 2011 at 6:20 am
Leben is going to be drinking heavily to FORGET this fight, rather than doing it as a usual part of his training regimen.
ExpectJesusBro- April 5, 2011 at 5:53 am
skeletor- April 5, 2011 at 5:44 am
Now that the UFC owns everything they cant just go cutting fighters left and right. This is a prime example of the kind of fights they need to putting on with some of the old gaurd. Neither one of these guys is in line for a title shot anytime soon but this fight makes a ton of sense.
ReX13- April 5, 2011 at 5:37 am
In case any of you bastards care, Wandy is my favorite fighter of all time forever.
Danky4twanky- April 5, 2011 at 5:30 am
Lol chael. Hate to say It but that would be a bad night for wandy.
Chael_Sonnen- April 5, 2011 at 5:26 am
Yeah, Wand. You're lucky you got this fight, y'idiot. Cause if they would of give this fight to Uncle Chael, here, you'd be gettin' your walkin papers the next morning. Leben might go easy on that new face of yours, too. But, if ya ever feel like hangin' it up; call Joe Silva, and have him match you up with me. I promise you all after I'm done retiring one Silva, I'll move onto the next one!
Danky4twanky- April 5, 2011 at 5:21 am
If u don't get the obscure reference rent demolition man. It's the shit.