Yoshihiro Akiyama not happy with Leben, threatens to pull out of event

Japanese superstar, Yoshihiro Akiyama is not happy with the Wanderlei Silva replacement which is Chris Leben for the co-main event of UFC 116, saying Leben isn’t a big enough name and even threatening to pull out of the event all together.

Akiyama, speaking via Daum.net, said:

“I am not pleased with the change. There are just ten days left until the contest for me to determine [Chris Leben’s] threats and the time is insufficient to establish a tailored gameplan. Leben is also not as high-profile as [Wanderlei] Silva and that does not help me.”

“If there is to be a replacement I was hoping for a big name. I spent one year preparing hard for this fight and this news has come as a big disappointment, my motivation has waned. I do not know yet what will happen. .. In the worst case, I will not take part in the [UFC 116] event. We are working hard to resolve this issue.”

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