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Wanderlei Silva Off UFC 116

Wanderlei Silva, who was scheduled to meet Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 116 on July 3, has been forced to withdraw from the card due to fractured ribs suffered in training, UFC president Dana White confirmed with MMA Fighting Tuesday afternoon.

Akiyama, who defeated Alan Belcher in his UFC debut last July, will still fight on the card, and according to White, the organization is currently working on signing his replacement. No word just yet on who that might be.

Silva (33-10-1, 1 NC) is 3-5 inside the octagon. He most recently defeated Michael Bisping at UFC 110 in Sydney, Australia.

UFC 116 is headlined by Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin for the undisputed heavyweight title.

Update: MMA Fighting is able to confirm MMA Junkie's report that Chris Leben has verbally agreed to replaced Silva against Akiayama. Leben defeated Aaron Simpson at last Saturday's TUF 11 Finale in Las Vegas.

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