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Chris Leben: 'Yoshihiro Akiyama is basically a slower version of Aaron Simpson'




"I think he’s basically a little slower version of the guy I just fought. He’s an awesome judo player, he’s got fast kicks, but I don’t think he’s got near the wrestling that Aaron Simpson has and I don’t think he’s got knockout power. But it’s a great fight and an opportunity I couldn’t pass up."

Don't expect Chris Leben to be starstruck from the sex appeal of Yoshihiro Akiyama when the two middleweights clash at UFC 116 this Saturday night (July 3) in Las Vegas. "The Crippler" agreed to take on the former DREAM and K-1 star after Akiyama's original opponent, Wanderlei Silva, blew out a rib heading into the fourth of July weekend pay-per-view. Leben is fresh off a technical knockout victory over Aaron Simpson at the Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 11 Finale earlier this month, an opponent he feels was faster and more powerful than "Sexyama." Is the former TUF bad boy in for a rude awakening on fight night?

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