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Yoshihiro Akiyama Wants No Part of Chris Leben, Threatens to Pull Out of UFC 116

(Akiyama’s next fight just went from "Beauty and the Beast" to "Beauty and the Average-Looking Guy." *You* try to sell that. / Photo courtesy of ESPN.)

If you’re heartbroken that Wanderlei Silva won’t be competing at UFC 116 next Saturday due to injury, well, Yoshihiro Akiyama feels your pain. In fact, he’s so unimpressed by the idea of Chris Leben coming in as a replacement that he doesn’t even want to fight anymore. From via BloodyElbow:

"I am not pleased with the change. There are just ten days left until the contest for me to determine [Chris 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."

I guess it shouldn’t surprise us that this guy is having a diva moment. But I don’t think he really has a choice at this point. Leben had enough warrior spirit to step up — two weeks after a battle with Aaron Simpson, mind you — and unless Akiyama wants to get on the UFC’s bad side, he’ll go through with the fight. Still, even Leben himself had misgivings about the match, for different reasons:

"At first I said no because I woke up in the morning, my phone was ringing and I was sore and it doesn’t make sense to take a fight when you’re not prepared and training for it. But then as I thought about it, you know, I’m a fighter, this is what I do. Why would I not take a great opportunity? It would be stupid of me. Not to mention that but I want to be a company man with the UFC, I want them to be happy with me."

"I don’t know a ton about Akiyama. My coach knows a bunch, but we haven’t even had a chance to talk much about our game plan. I saw him fight Alan Belcher and to be honest with you, I thought he lost that fight. He’s a good Judo guy, he’s got great Judo, fast kicks, maybe not the most power in the world. He’s a little bit shorter than me but he’s a good strong guy. I think that utilizing my skills, keeping it on the feet and clubbing him in the head with my left shouldn’t be too much of a problem."

And that’s precisely the difference between these two fighters: When presented with a replacement opponent, Akiyama needs time to formulate a new gameplan. But no matter who he’s fighting, Chris Leben’s plan is going to be exactly the same — stand in the pocket and fire away with his left hand. That’s all you need to know, Yoshihiro. Now sack up.

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dranokills- June 24, 2010 at 9:27 pm
dude he pisses off everyone. hes like the rest of the bloody vagina posters who have come to make a new cool home, they just dont have it.
fatbellyfrank- June 24, 2010 at 5:31 pm
And I got all "go fuck yerself" when I saw how he pissed of my Buddy drano, so yeah lilHef, fuck off back to cocksuckerland (or yer Mom's basement, whatever),
and yeah I'd fight that pussy piece of korean BBQ shit, then I'll come and tear you a new asshole lilhef, then I'm gonna tear yer head off and shit down your neck, then I'm gonna kick ya up the ass so hard it'll knock yer teeth out from behind.
I can't think of any more physically impossible threats so just consider yerself told.

Hey Drano, this is fun, who else did he piss off
dranokills- June 24, 2010 at 5:20 pm
fatbellyfrank Says:
Fri, 06/25/2010 - 02:18

Man up you fucken pussy,your a fucken fighter so fucken fight, who is this unknown douche who's tryin to dodge a fight with our black sheep/prodigal son Chris.
Grow a set and get in the fucken cage
Lilhef your a fucken moron, fuck off, and how do you know no-one on here competes? fucktard, fuck off back to Cocksuckerland where you belong ya dopey fucken cunt.
So I'm reading and I'm going hellz to the yes, and I'm liking it and I'm laughing THEN...then I see who wrote it, and it's my boy FBF, and I was like whoaaaa this fucktard bag of dicks eater named lilhef has done pissed my buddy off......see now it's not funny, now it's on lilhef, my boy done told you take your no ass back to cocksuckerland (yeah I'm stealing it), and by God he meant it. take your stupid talk about your moms basement and how you project that onto others, and take a flying fucking leap off a short peer.
fatbellyfrank- June 24, 2010 at 4:18 pm
Man up you fucken pussy,your a fucken fighter so fucken fight, who is this unknown douche who's tryin to dodge a fight with our black sheep/prodigal son Chris.
Grow a set and get in the fucken cage
Lilhef your a fucken moron, fuck off, and how do you know no-one on here competes? fucktard, fuck off back to Cocksuckerland where you belong ya dopey fucken cunt.
dannyvalentine- June 24, 2010 at 4:03 pm
sexyama, listen, pulling out is not something that you want to do unless you absolutely have to, as is usually the case when you realize a.) the children will be hideous b.) you aren't really in love c.) your date isn't on birth control...make me proud
LukeTheDuke- June 24, 2010 at 3:26 pm
Remember Akiyama even "opted to sit out" and wait for Silva..Dude you gonna sit out another year and wait for Wandy's knee to heal? Bankers gotta bank, fighters gotta fight. Simple as that.
dogpt3- June 24, 2010 at 12:17 pm
Lebens such a douche. Its pretty pussy of Akiyama to pull out but at the same time I can see where he's coming from. Leben just fought and hase absolutely nothing to lose from this fight whereas Akiyama has everything to lose and nothing to gain.
mmaniac22- June 24, 2010 at 12:08 pm
And he's right, you f*#king DW give Akiyama a serious fight, or at least give him some more
jizzninja- June 24, 2010 at 11:56 am
Lilhef you're a huge dildo.akyamatutozulu is just bitch made and I'm betting you are too, just like a dildo
Deathb4tapout- June 24, 2010 at 11:51 am
justscrappin- June 24, 2010 at 11:34 am
Akiyama is to the notebook as Leben is to roadhouse. I'm picturing Peter Griffin jumping into a scene with Akiyama's vag on display...he violently scrubs the sand out of it...and then turns and says to the camera...."roadhouse."
MoTropolis- June 24, 2010 at 10:49 am
jap is to drano as fuck is to DW
dranokills- June 24, 2010 at 10:37 am
meh fuck this jap. I don't want to see leben abuse you anymore than you want to be abused jap boy.
fucking coward up why don't ya? thats a good jap.
what a crybaby cunt, the thing he needs to pull out of is his own asshole...his head is stuck in it.
jimbonics- June 24, 2010 at 10:24 am
With a nickname like sexyama, you almost have no choice about being a bitch-vag.

Fatherless Bastard FTMFW.
2gq4u- June 24, 2010 at 10:20 am
The irony of him wanting to fight a name is that in North America, Leben has the bigger name and this guy is a nobody.
steampunk22- June 24, 2010 at 10:00 am
Moved my post to the other thread. Thanks to Dalton Swayze for being the CP Thread Police. :P
Keyser Soze- June 24, 2010 at 9:56 am
Leben's fighting style is as one-dimensional as you can get, but I like watching him fight anyways. At least his fights aren't boring, and the only opponent to finish him in the UFC with strikes is Anderson Silva. His other losses came via decision or submission.

There's very few middleweights available for this fight that aren't already contracted or injured, and Leben's game to fight. Quarry may have healed up from surgery, but it's doubtful he's spent much time in the gym or cage practicing over the past couple months. I don't think Bisping's under medical suspension.

It's a longshot, but i could see Akiyama losing via big looping left hook KO. The safe bet would Akiyama of course, but where's the fun in that?
Jim Harbaugh Scramble- June 24, 2010 at 9:47 am
I was a big Sexyama fan, but GTFO if you don't want to fight.

Now I hope he gets KTFO'd.

Kid Clam Curtains- June 24, 2010 at 9:36 am
I'm taking sexyama's pictures out of my spank bank and replacing them with Leben's.
Mofo- June 24, 2010 at 9:21 am
@G Funk - yeah, i'm aware of that irony. Get a sense of humor.

I was gonna mention the irony, because that in itself is funny, but it would have made my post more wordy and less punchy.

There are two types of people on CP - the ones with a sense of humor, and the ones who kind of suck.
Viva Hate- June 24, 2010 at 9:18 am
If Akiyama doesn't pull out they can call it UFC 116:Creampie...........HA!
J-Dog- June 24, 2010 at 9:17 am
LukeTheDuke is right... this guy is SCURRD. Now, he may not be really scared he's gonna lose... but it's the IF he does get caught and he loses, it looks really bad losing to a sore/not fresh Chris Leben. It wouldn't look nearly as bad to lose to Wand. So basically this is a fight where he feels he has nothing to gain and a lot to lose. But he should still STFU and fight who they tell him to.

I hope this happens and I hope Leben wins by KTFO. Fucking diva.
MoTropolis- June 24, 2010 at 9:15 am
Fortunately for you, when your name references Roadhouse, you can pretty much say whatever you want and get away with it. Nobody wants to get their neck ripped out by bare hands.
DaltonSwayze- June 24, 2010 at 9:09 am
@MoTopolis: I think it was more of a figurative vagina. After reading that post again, it seems a bit weird.
fACE7biter- June 24, 2010 at 9:08 am
The guys last fight was over a year ago, and most people think he lost. What makes him think he can be so picky? Besides, this is an easier an opponent, and if the guy ever wants to get to a championship, he needs wins. How come Dana offered Ben Saunders a title shot for being a last minute replacement, but not Leben?