Yoshihiro Akiyama Isn't Happy About Chris Leben Stepping in for Wanderlei Silva

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"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."

--Yoshihiro Akiyama, talked to Daum.net and said that he might not fight on UFC 116 because he isn't happy about having to fight a lesser name on short notice.

HT: Fighters Only

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