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Wanderlei Silva Out of UFC 116 Bout with Yoshihiro Akiyama

Wanderlei SilvaWanderlei Silva, who was scheduled to face fellow middleweight Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 116 on July, has withdrawn from the card after suffering broken ribs in training, UFC President Dana White confirmed to MMA Fighting Tuesday afternoon.

According to White, Akiyama will remain on the UFC 116 fight card, with a search already underway to find a replacement opponent.

Silva (33-10-1) rebounded from back-to-back losses with a unanimous decision over Michael Bisping in his 185-pound debut in February. Akiyama (13-1) topped Alan Belcher by split decision in his UFC debut last July.

UFC 116 is headlined by the return of heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar vs. interim title-holder Shane Carwin, and also includes Chris Lytle vs. Matt Brown, Stephan Bonnar vs. Krzysztof Soszynski, and Kurt Pellegrino vs. George Sotiropoulos.

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