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It really was depressing to see “The Axe Murderer” get knocked out so quickly. Not that I thought the fight would last the full 15, but I thought Wandy would at least last more than 30 seconds.
No matter how you look at it, Chris Leben put on an excellent performance.
“The Crippler” crushed an MMA legend and scored the biggest win of his career. While Leben may never hold UFC gold, fans can always count on him to deliver exciting brawls that lead to someone getting put to sleep. With his win over Silva, Leben has won four of his last five fights and he is creeping toward title contention.
Leben has a few options for his next fight. There are a few middleweights who either just fought recently or who are fighting soon. Brian Stann and Mark Munoz both earned impressive victories recently, Chael Sonnen’s suspension is now up and Vitor Belfort fights Yoshihiro Akiyama next month at UFC 133.
While I hate matching up fights when one of the fighters still has a fight coming up, I would match Leben up with Vitor Belfort (providing he gets by Akiyama). Stann just beat Leben in January and I think the UFC is going to pit Munoz and Stann against one another some time later this year. Sonnen and Leben are good friends and Sonnen has said that he does not want to fight his buddy.
Also, a fight between Belfort and Leben would be a clash of two powerful strikers looking for the knockout. We would see Leben’s looping hooks and zombie forward march against “The Phenom’s” whirlwind fist flurry.
But if Akiyama upsets Belfort, then I have no idea who to match Leben with. He just fought Akiyama last year and while a rematch would be fun, it really wouldn’t make sense for the two to meet again so soon.