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Chris Leben plans to make a statement in return to the ring

UFC middleweight Chris Leben has remained off the radar since being suspended last November for a failed drug test. However, when the 32-year old brawler takes to the Octagon on December 29 at UFC 155 against Karlos Vemola he plans on letting his presence known to all by scoring a spectacular stoppage.

“I want to get back in the mix, so I’ve got to go out and handle Vemola, and then hopefully Joe Silva will put me up against a little bigger name,” said Leben in an interview with MMAJunkie. “Watching the tape, I don’t see any spots that I’m extremely worried about. I can fight him wherever he goes. I think as far as game plan goes, it’s just weathering that storm the first minute out of the gate.”

Leben also explained he’d be using his time away from the cage to improve his overall skill-set though he admitted he’s still the slugger fans have come to know and love over the past seven years.

“Once I get punched in the face, [I’m] going to revert right back to what works,” confessed “The Crippler”.

The 22-8 Leben has finished twelve of his opponents via TKO with another five wins by way of submission as well. He holds notable victories over a handful of stand-outs including Yoshihiro Akiyama, Jorge Santiago, and Wanderlei Silva.


  • jasonah says:

    Sweet, Leben is Back! He’s a beast, With a Influx in talent @ 185 He could Definitely Shake things up At middle weight . Here’s the Question, Does anyone see Leben getting The Belt @ 185? The Answer is No, Nobody cares! The Guy Comes In And brings It Every single time.In My oppinion One of the Most Exciting Fighters in The U.F.C . Win lose or Draw I think all the “HARDCORE” U.F.C Fans Want to see a Chris Leben Fight. ?????

  • Sumoninja says:

    Great to see him coming back. He was on a good streak before the failed testing. Always love watching his fights. Leben vs Akiyama is one of the greats.


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