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Wanderlei Silva Says He’s fighting Chris Leben in April in Toronto


(The UFC should make it interesting and let Leben get hammered for the bout)

UFC middleweight Wanderlei Silva is pretty sure his next opponent will be Chris Leben and that the fight will take place in Toronto in April.

The Brazilian MMA icon revealed the news in a recent interview he did with Fighters Only.

“I think I want to fight in April in Canada — I want to fight in Toronto. I think against Chris Leben. I want to fight with him next,” Silva informed Fighters Only when asked about his eventual return to the Octagon.

“I think he is interesting, he is my size, he is aggressive, he fights to the front (comes forward)," he explained. I think we are going to make an interesting fight.”


The fight will have to get through a few roadblocks before becoming official — namely Silva’s recovery from a torn ACL he incurred preparing for a UFC 120 bout with Yoshihiro Akiyama and a pending DUI case involving Leben, which may prevent "The Crippler" from crossing the Canadian border.
 According to "The Axe Murderer" his injured joint is nearly healed sufficiently enough to begin training on it again.

“This time [I had only] one [operation], but I had one on the other knee before, but now I feel good; I start[ed] my recovery and I feel really good right now. I tore my ACL, it was a really bad knee injury, but now I feel good — its ok,” Silva says.

Leben will have his first court appearance in November to answer charges that he was driving under the influence of more than the legal limit of alcohol in his system last weekend in Hawaii. During the incident, the 30-year-old native of Portland, Oregon crashed his pick-up truck into a guard rail of a Honolulu highway. This is Leben’s second DUI arrest in the past two years. In April, 2008 he was sentenced to 35 days in jail in Portland for a nearly identical offense as well as a parole violation and was forced to pull out from a UFC 85 meeting with Michael Bisping which was rescheduled for UFC 89.

Leben is scheduled to face Brian Stann at UFC 125 in January, but it looks like the UFC is making alternative arrangements, possibly in anticipation that he will likely have to do additional time behind bars for his latest infraction.

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djp1988- October 26, 2010 at 8:31 pm
Why is Wandy going to fight K-Fed?
Short Fuse- October 26, 2010 at 4:24 pm
i like silva for this fight; but i think Leben by KOon the 2nd round.
ArmFarmer- October 26, 2010 at 11:26 am
Looking back at the two's history of being ko'd.. not sure why everyone thinks this is such a good fight for Silva. Leben laughs off the hardest punches from anyone but Anderson, and he had to land a lot of em to get the guy down. Wandy has been put to sleep on several occasions.

If anything, I think this is a good opportunity for Leben to get a ko. Wandy's straight forward agressive brawling style sounds like a good set up for the good ol' "eyes closed, don't know how it landed" knock out punch from Leben.
Shnook1200- October 26, 2010 at 11:07 am
Wandy looks EXACTLY like the green ghost that slimed Bill Murray in Ghostbusters.
Hum Deez Nutz- October 26, 2010 at 6:42 am
yup
agentsmith- October 26, 2010 at 6:11 am
Why is there a picture of Homer Simpson up there beside Leben?
J-Dog- October 26, 2010 at 6:01 am
Poor Wandy looks like a shaved chimpanzee. Oooo ooo aahh aaahh!
Jesus Frijoles- October 25, 2010 at 9:26 pm
looks like a bonobo staring at a Bo Derek drag queen.
BryanF- October 25, 2010 at 8:43 pm
Anyone wanna carpool? Leben needs a ride...
Mixed Martial Arts and Crafts- October 25, 2010 at 8:16 pm
Lebens training camp in county jail should help him work on his rape choke defense.
Kimbos Bread- October 25, 2010 at 8:00 pm
@shitbag

Ya, I was thinking the same. Geez WTF is that? Seriously. As if having a butt ugly shot of Wandy in that pic wasn't enough.
MoTropolis- October 25, 2010 at 7:29 pm
@shitbag

Congrats, you just found Bin Laden.
glassjawsh- October 25, 2010 at 6:45 pm
drunken fatherless bastard tag made me lol
mynameisalsoben- October 25, 2010 at 6:37 pm
Sounds like this is more like Wanderlei saying he wants to fight Leben than an actual fight announcement...
But I hope this fight does happen. Guaranteed that one or both of these guys would walk away with some bonus money after this one.
1664beerbelly- October 25, 2010 at 6:29 pm
let's just hope leben doesnt get his ass beat by stann (if the fight even takes place). i want leben to be on a little winning streak and confident that he's only a fight or two away from a tittle shot before wanderlei knocks him the fck out and sends his ego back down where it belongs, to the bottom of the empty bottle, as nickelback's how you remind me plays in the background for a little irony.

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1664beerbelly- October 25, 2010 at 6:28 pm
let's just hope leben doesnt get his ass beat by stann (if the fight even takes place). i want leben to be on a little winning streak and confident that he's only a fight or two away from a tittle shot before wanderlei knocks him the fck out and sends his ego back down where it belongs, to the bottom of the empty bottle, as nickelback's how you remind me plays in the background for a little irony.

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DARKHORSE06- October 25, 2010 at 6:20 pm
Leben looks like one of those drifter guys...like the car kind of drifting.
bruce leroys lice- October 25, 2010 at 6:19 pm
Awesome. Leben's style is made to get KTFO by Wanderlei. I can't wait!!!
shitbag- October 25, 2010 at 6:13 pm
What's with the Moses face in the upper left corner of Wand's pic?

What is that?
DazedNConfused- October 25, 2010 at 6:12 pm
Fuck it I need to go. I'll trek east with a bunch of creepy Truckers if I have to. Shit, i'll even stay a night in Winnipeg *Shudders* ughhh. This will be a great card, party with my cousins in Toronto and watch Wandy hopefully destroy Leban.
pinkyslayer- October 25, 2010 at 5:51 pm
Virgil couldnt have said it better himself, Mo
MoTropolis- October 25, 2010 at 5:41 pm
Seeing those two side by side in the photo above, one thing is abundantly clear. Wandy is a bar soap man where as Leben is more of an axe body wash type of guy.
cecils_pupils- October 25, 2010 at 5:31 pm
this... will... be... a... great... fuckin'... fight.

WAR Fatherless bastard!
Goog- October 25, 2010 at 5:14 pm
Leben won't get into Canada these days. People are being turned away for less.

Also... get out your notebook, America.

mburtoni- October 25, 2010 at 5:10 pm
punch drunk vs. drunk & punch drunk
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