Chris Leben will fight Uriah Hall in the main event of the FOX Sports 1 prelims at UFC 168, Dec. 28, in a fight that will likely spell the end of the road for one of the fighters.
Leben appeared on the first season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” and since has racked up 21 UFC fights. Leben enters the fight 22-10, and nearing the end of his career if he can’t pull off a win. Leben is known for his punching power, strong chin and pugnacious attitude. Leben was one of the breakout stars of the first season after he was caught on camera urinating in Jason Thacker’s bunk bed and getting into a huge argument with Bobby Southworth.
Even though Leben didn’t win on “The Ultimate Fighter” he made a name for himself on the show. He has competed against some of the sport’s best, including Anderson Silva, Mark Munoz and Brian Stann. He knocked out Wanderlei Silva in 27 seconds at UFC 132.
He has lost his last three fights, however, and his time in the UFC may be coming to an end if can’t pull off a victory.
His opponent, Uriah Hall, is in a similar do-or-die situation. Hall became super popular on the 17th season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” He gained national mainstream media attention for his vicious KO victories on the show. Hall was expected to win at “The Ultimate Fighter” finale, but lost in the finals to Kevin Gastelum. Hall fought flat and many observers believe he choked in his big moment in the UFC. Hall then lost to John Howard in August, in another disappointing performance for the TUF star.
UFC President Dana White said at one point that the Hall was “not a fighter” and that he needed to win the fight against Leben if he expects to stay in the UFC.