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Report: Brian Stann vs Wanderlei Silva likely for Spring 2011


Sounds like Chris Leben got some "crippling" news today.

That's because UFC President Dana White has informed MMA Fighting that he plans to move forward with a Brian Stann vs. Wanderlei Silva match-up for Spring 2011, after "All American" punched his ticket (literally) for bigger and better things in the promotion's busy 185-pound division.

Leben, who campaigned for a fight against "The Axe Murderer" ever since his thrilling back-to-back wins over Aaron Simpson and Yoshihiro Akiyama in 2009, was called to duty for a UFC 125 battle against the super-soldier while the Brazilian recovered from his surgically repaired knee and broken ribs.

In fact, it was that injury that forced "The Axe Murderer" out of his July 3 bout against "Sexyama," giving Leben the chance to replace him and put on one of the year's best fights, putting him in a position to seek out the former PRIDE smashing machine.

Unfortunately Stann didn't stick to the script, stopping "The Crippler" via technical knockout in the first round back on Jan. 1 and inserting himself into the Silva lottery.

No date or venue has been confirmed for the proposed Stann vs. Silva match-up as Wandy works his way back to 100-percent after missing what's soon to be more than a year of action.

Prior to withdrawing from the "Lesnar vs. Carwin" pay-per-view event, Silva outpointed Michael Bisping at UFC 110 in Sydney, Australia, snapping a two-fight skid to bring his record to 2-3 inside the Octagon and 33-10-1 overall.

While always entertaining, one has to wonder how much the Brazilian has left at this stage of his storied career.

The opposite could be said for the resurgent Stann (10-3), who seems to have replicated his WEC success since dropping to middleweight after spending most of his career at 205-pounds.

In addition to his make-or-break win over Leben, the hard-hitting Marine finished Mike Massenzio via triangle choke at UFC on Versus 2 last August.

Does a convincing win over Silva put him in the 185-pound title hunt?

Stay tuned to for more details on this pending match-up as they become available.

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