There’s no veil of of mystery surrounding Chris Leben‘s gameplan going into UFC 116 as “The Crippler” faces off with Japanese fighting sensation Yoshihiro Akiyama on just two weeks notice. In what should come as little surprise, Leben recently hinted at what fans will be in store for this Saturday evening in Las Vegas during the pre-fight press conference held for the event late this afternoon.
“My game plan for all of my opponents remains the same, go out there and punch him in the face,” said Leben.
Akiyama recently made headlines when speaking openly about his dissapointment with Leben as a replacement following a previously slated middleweight bout Wanderlei Silva falling apart due to a training injury suffered by “The Axe Murderer”, but if Leben has it his way it will be him that faces off with the former PRIDE champion following a convincing victory over “Sexyama” from the MGM Grand Garden Arena 48 hours from now.
“I think Wanderlei Silva was supposed to fight this fight, so if I win this fight, I think Wanderlei should be next for me,” said Leben.
Expect for Silva to be watching this fight with an extremely critical eye as the winner being his next opponent seems to be an inevitability at this point.