UFC 132 is currently slated for July 2 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Silva has been in limbo for the past few months as he was recovering from multiple injuries. He was initially pegged to take on Brian Stann but Silva was reluctant to take on the former US Marine. Rumors then swirled that Silva would be taking on Vitor Belfort in a rematch of their 44 second affair in 1998. Silva continued to request Leben, even as Dana White and the UFC were pushing for a fight against Belfort. Now it seems as if Silva got the fight he wanted.
After two straight losses, one at 205 and one at 195, Silva dropped down to 185 pounds. He defeated Michael Bisping via decision in his last, and only, fight at 185 thus far.
Leben was riding high on a three fight win streak. He defeated Aaron Simpson via TKO on June 19 and then fought again in a mere two weeks and defeated Yoshihio Akiyama in one of the most exciting fights of the year. Leben was then given a fight against Brian Stann. Many fans viewed it as merely a tune-up fight for Leben, something to keep him active as other middleweights sorted themselves out. Stann came out and knocked out Leben in the first round. The original bad boy on The Ultimate Fighter will now look to get back on track against Silva.