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Chris Leben Slated to Return at UFC 125 on Jan. 1 in Las Vegas

Chris LebenRising middleweight Chris Leben is slated to return to action at UFC 125 on January 1 in Las Vegas after sitting out the second-half of 2010 following back-to-back wins over Aaron Simpson and Yoshihiro Akiyama.

Leben (21-6) handed Simpson his first loss with the “Knockout of the Night” at June’s TUF 11 Finale, then stepped in for an injured Wanderlei Silva just two weeks later and scored “Fight of the Night” honors with a third-round submission of Akiyama at UFC 116.

Silva said at last month’s UFC Fan Expo that Leben would be the ‘perfect opponent’ for his next fight, but “The Axe Murderer” isn’t expected to return until February or March.

The UFC 125 fight card features Thiago Silva vs. Brandon Vera and could include middleweight champ Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen or lightweight champ Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard.

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