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Wanderlei Silva vs. Brian Stann not taking place at UFC 130 after all

Fans excited about the prospect of ferocious striker Wanderlei Silva crossing paths with rapidly-improving Marine hero Brian Stann on Memorial Day Weekend at UFC 130 had their hearts broken on Friday when it came to light “The Axe Murderer” will not be healthy enough to fight on the card as originally scheduled. Silva has been out with broken ribs and a knee injury sustained while training and hasn’t seen action since a decision win over Michael Bisping a little less than a year ago.

News of the middleweights’ pairing initially came in an official UFC statement while MMAFighting was the first to report the match-up had been scrapped. Stann had requested to fight Silva after beating Chris Leben at UFC 125.

However, while Silva and Stann may not be fighting at the event, UFC 130 still appears to be an exceptionally strong card even though it is still months away. In addition to the conclusion of lightweight champ Frank Edgar’s trilogy with Gray Maynard, the May 28 show will also feature former 205-pound title-holder Quinton “Rampage” Jackson taking on resurgent Brazilian Thiago Silva and Frank Mir mixing it up with rival Roy Nelson.