Chris Leben: Let me battle it out with Wanderlei Silva -- first on TUF, then in the cage

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"It's never happened before. Nobody has fought this close together in the UFC and I won them both. It's just a reflection of the support group, the team I have around me. This is crazy, I mean Wanderlei Silva got hurt, I stepped in and I fought one of the toughest guys in the world. I'm just so excited. The fact of the matter is I just beat Wanderlei Silva's opponent. I think I should have him next. I think they should put us both on the (TUF) show, let us battle it out on the show, then put us in the cage and let us battle it out there."

An emotional and obviously excited Chris Leben caps off the greatest two weeks of his career by submitting highly-regarded Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 116: "Lesnar vs. Carwin" on July 3 in Las Vegas. After finishing Aaron Simpson at the June 16 TUF 11 Finale, "The Crippler" was flown in as a late replacement for the injured Wanderlei Silva, who was expected to face "Sexyama" in the co-main event. Now Leben holds the "W" over "The Axe Murderer's" foe and believes that earned him a spot against the dangerous Brazilian. Anyone disagree?

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