Longtime UFC middleweight Chris Leben may be retiring, according to a cryptic tweet sent out by the fighter Saturday night.
After his first round TKO lost to Uriah Hall, Leben tweeted:
“Making da drive back to sd time to start a new chapter ive laned the most strikes in da ufc it was a good run wouldnt change a thing.”
Leben was knocked down late in the first round of his bout with Hall only to be saved by the bell before Hall could finish him. Leben was still reeling when the round ended and decided he was not fit to continue fighting. The loss to Hall as Leben’s fourth straight inside the Octagon, which usually results in a fighter being cut from the promotion.
If this truly is the end for Leben, “The Crippler” can rest easy knowing he has secured a significant spot in the UFC’s legacy.
After exiting the first ever Ultimate Fighter house in 2005, Leben went on a five-fight winning streak before being matched up with future UFC legend Anderson Silva for Silva’s UFC debut. Leben compiled a 12-10 record inside the UFC which included notable knockouts of Jorge Santiago, Terry Martin, and Wanderlei Silva. If Leben does retire he will exit the sport of mixed martial arts with a career record of 22 wins, 11 losses, and an army of thankful fight fans.