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Wanderlei Silva vs. Chris Leben Announced for UFC 132 on July 2

Wanderlei SilvaWanderlei Silva has been given his wish for a matchup with Chris Leben, as the middleweight brawlers are set to clash at UFC 132 on July 2 in Las Vegas, the UFC announced today.

Silva (33-10-1) is on the mend from knee surgery that followed a win over Michael Bisping last February in his 185-pound debut after dropping 5 of his last 6 bouts, while Leben (25-7) suffered a first-round TKO to Brian Stann in January after three-straight wins last year.

The UFC had been targeting Silva for a rematch with Vitor Belfort following his loss to middleweight champ Anderson Silva in February, but “The Axe Murderer” campaigned to fight Leben instead.

The UFC 132 fight card also features bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber, but recently lost a rematch between former champ BJ Penn and welterweight contender Jon Fitch.

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