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Report: Leben backs out of match with Swick has gotten exclusive word from Mike Swick that Chris Leben has refused to sign for a match against him that would have made the two the main event of Ultimate Fight Night 11 on September 19.

According to Junkie, here’s what Swick said:

“He backed out. He didn’t take it. It kind of sucks with how tough he talks about fighting anyone, anywhere. He kept saying we could rematch anytime.”

What’s Leben doing? Anything short of injury is going to make the UFC very unhappy with Leben’s decision. He’s not really in a position to be choosy when it comes to who the UFC would like him to face.

One of his biggest selling points was his willingness to fight just about anybody. This is going to hurt his stock. I have to wonder though if this might be an injury situation of some sort, though.

If Leben doesn’t want the match then they should book Terry Martin vs. Swick. I think that would be a pretty good matchup. Just to clarify, I don’t have any info on that. Martin vs. Swick is just pure conjecture on my part.

  • says:

    UFC Junkie should have interviewed Leben before running this story or at least mentioned that they tried to reach him. This seems out of character for him and even if it’s true it would be interesting to hear his reasons for not taking the fight.

  • says:

    They did mention they tried to get in touch with his management. Word on the forums is Leben is concentrating on setting himself up in Hawaii so didn’t want to take the fight now.

  • says:

    Swick now rumored to be fighting Jonathan Goulet. I saw Goulet’s interview on and he said he was going back to 170lbs. so we will probably see Swick’s first fight at his new weight.


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