The UFC appears to be reshuffling the deck for a couple of its upcoming fight cards as the Chris Leben vs. Aaron Simpson middleweight match-up originally penciled in for UFC 114 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 29 has been rebooked for the main card of the June 19 Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 11 Finale at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
MMAWeekly reported the pending change earlier today.
"The Crippler" is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Jay Silva at January's UFC Fight Night 20 event in Fairfax, Virginia. Prior to that, Leben had dropped consecutive fights to Jake Rosholt at UFC 102 and Michael Bisping at UFC 89.
The original TUF 1 contestant was forced to take a long leave of absence from the fight game after he tested positive for steroids following his contest with "The Count."
Conversely, Arizona Combat Sports product Aaron Simpson has reeled off three wins in a row since coming over to the UFC early last year. His most recent fight ended in a bit of controversy after he was awarded a split decision victory over Tom Lawlor, also at UFC Fight Night 20.
Both fighters are hovering in the middle of the pack in the middleweight division but with a win at the TUF 11 Finale, one man could move up another place in the pecking order.
Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more details on the TUF 11 Finale as they're released.