UFC 116 betting action will feature five fights on the main card headlined by the Heavyweight Championship bout as Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin will matchup with the UFC 116 odds.
Lesnar is the defending Heavyweight champion that has been out of action for a year due to serious illnesses but is now 100% and ready to go. Carwin is the Interim Heavyweight Champion who earned his belt during Lesnar’s recovery period.
This unification bout between two Americans will settle the dispute and crown a lone champion once and for all.
Japan’s Yoshihiro Akiyama will take on American Chris Lebed in a Middleweight bout. In Welterweight action a pair of American’s will hook up as Chris Lytle will take on Matt Brown.
In Light Heavyweight action Canada’s Krzysztof Soszynski will take on America’s Stephan Bonnar. There will also be a Lightweight bout on the main card between Australia’s George Sotiropoulos and the United States’ Kurt Pellegrino.
Spike TV will feature a pair of Preliminary Card bouts for UFC 116 betting fans as Americans Brendan Schaub and Chris Tuchscherer will match up in a Heavyweight bout while in Light Heavyweight action Seth Petruzelli will take on Ricardo Romero.
Wanderlei Silva had to pull out of his scheduled UFC gambling matchup with Akiyama for UFC 116 due to a rib injury that took place while he was training.
Leben makes for an excellent replacement, however, as he has a career record of 20-6 but the big question is if he is fighting too soon as he just came off a June 19 win over Aaron Simpson with a technical knockout in the 2nd round. It is rare for someone in the UFC series to fight twice within a one month time span.
Leben simply couldn’t turn down the opportunity to fight Akiyama, who has not fought since July of 2009.
“I think he’s basically a little slower version of the guy I just fought,” said Leben. He’s an awesome judo player, he’s got fast kicks, but I don’t think he’s got near the wrestling that Aaron Simpson has and I don’t think he’s got knockout power. But it’s a great fight and an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”