Chris Leben vs Andrew Craig middleweight clash on tap for UFC 162 in July

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A 185-pound contest had been added to the UFC's July 4th weekend mixed martial arts (MMA) extravaganza as fan-favorite Chris Leben will take on Andrew Craig at UFC 162 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight veteran Chris Leben revealed just last week that he had a fight in the works for July. Now the name of his opponent, Andrew Craig, has been outed, with the 185-pound fighters squaring off at UFC 162: "Silva vs. Weidman" at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 6, 2013.

Ariel Helwani reported news of the mixed martial arts (MMA) match up, which features two men coming off of losses in their last fights and will be looking to get back in the win column in "Sin City" on Fourth of July weekend, on Tuesday's (March 12, 2013) edition of "UFC Tonight" on FUEL TV.

Leben (22-9) is coming off a disappointing unanimous decision loss to Derek Brunson at UFC 155 in Dec. 2012 in what was his first fight since serving a one-year suspension for failed post-fight drug test at UFC 138 in Nov. 2011. Brunson decisively defeated The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season one cast member, handing Leben -- who chalked up the lackluster performance to ring rust -- his third defeat in four fights.

As a result, "The Crippler" is mired in one of the worst skids of his 31-fight career.

Craig (8-1) suffered the first defeat of his three-year career in Jan. 2012 when Ronny Markes outpointed him to a unanimous decision at UFC on FX 7 in Brazil. "Highlight" is 2-1 inside the Octagon and comes from a wrestling background.

However, he produced one of the best knockouts of 2012 with a headkick finish of Rafael Natal.

It is unknown at this time if Chris Leben vs. Andrew Craig will take place on the "Prelims: portion of the card, which is expected to air on Facebook and FX, or the main card, which will broadcast on pay-per-view (PPV). But, based on Dana White's UFC 155 mistake (read more on that here), it's a good bet that the bout lands on the under card.

UFC 162: "Silva vs. Weidman" is headlined by a Middleweight championship contest as top-ranked pound-for-pound fighter and longtime 185-pound kingpin Anderson Silva puts his title on the line against undefeated Chris Weidman.

For the latest UFC 162 news and notes check out our complete event archive right here. And to check out the latest "Silva vs. Weidman" fight card and rumors click here.

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