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Leben, A Veteran from TUF 1, Calls it Quits

Leben, A Veteran from TUF 1, Calls it Quits

He’s had a long and fruitful career full of ups and downs, and now Chris Leben is calling it quits.

“The Crippler” officially announced his retirement from MMA competition today on Ariel Helwani’s “The MMA Hour“, saying that, “These guys now, they are just a different breed of athlete than I am.”

One such athlete was Uriah Hall, who defeated Leben at UFC 168 on December 28, 2013. It was the TUF 1 veteran’s last fight in the Octagon, and it saw Leben take a beating at the hands of the TUF 17 star and quit on his stool before the second round could commence. The loss was Leben’s fourth in a row, with his last win coming via knockout over Wanderlei Silva at UFC 132 on July 2, 2011.

In 22 UFC appearances, Leben amassed a record of 12-10 (his overall record was 22-11).

Although he never won his season of The Ultimate Fighter, Leben was a memorable character who made a mark on the sport as an iron-chinned, iron-fisted brawler who’d bang with anyone. His spectacular wins – and losses – will undoubtedly grace the UFC’s highlight reels forever.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    Gotta have love for Chris leben, although he can only blame himself for fucking up so muc of his career. Always fun to watch, guy was one fight away from a title shot again?t rich franklin until some brazillian guy took him out in a minute.
    hopefully he won’t suffer too much from taking so many punches in his career, and that he has something else to dedicate his life to now

  • Dufresne says:

    I’ve been a fan of Leben since the first episode of TUF 1. I just gotta love a guy who’s plan is to get everyone so drunk they perform like shit the next day until the plan backfires on him, and he still was the only one that finished the treadmill challenge.
    Every time he screwed up, from when he pissed hot to his DUI, it felt like a buddy of mine had let me down. But on the flip side, every time he showed up and brought the thunder it was just amazing to watch. His fight with Akiyama is still one of my personal favorite fights.
    I hate that I’ll never get to see him throw the little gloves again, but I’m also very happy that he left on his own accord and that he did it before he suffered anymore unnecessary damage. Here’s hopping that he finds success and happiness in whatever he chooses to do with the rest of his life, and that he can keep those old demons at bay. I said it once before, and I’ll say it again: Thank you Chris. Thank you for giving so much for so long.


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