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Dana White Not Sure About Chris Leben’s Future in the UFC

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Chris Leben’s (22-11) loss Saturday night at UFC 168 against Uriah Hall (8-4) marked his fourth loss in a row. “The Crippler” was unable to bounce back into the fight after the first round and decided to throw in the towel.

“I’m done, man,” he said to his corner.

The win marked Hall’s first UFC victory, and boosted his record in the promotion to 1-2. As for Leben, his UFC record was degraded to 12-10.

At the UFC 168 post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White expressed his concerns for Leben and his future with the organization.

“Chris is a tough guy, and I know how bad he wanted to come back and how bad he wanted to fight,” White said. 

Although he praised “The Crippler” for his toughness, his tone regarding the thirty-three year old’s future in the UFC sounded doubtful.

“Well, the guy’s not making a decision right there on the spot, and I don’t think that there’s ever a situation where you look at it before the fight happens, and you say, ‘yeah, these guys both need to win this fight,’ but you never know what’s going to happen in a fight.”

Leben began his UFC career by participating in the very first season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” He won his first five UFC fights before being knocked out by Anderson Silva when “The Spider” made his promotion debut at UFC Fight Night 5. After his loss to Silva, Leben immediately bounced back by knocking out Jorge Santiago. But he was never able to beat any elites of the sport, except for an older Wanderlei Silva. 

In this recent loss to Hall, Leben mentally cracked. He threw in the towel when his corner was trying to convince him not to. It can be difficult for a fighter to fight if he doesn’t have the stomach for getting hit anymore.

There have been no official announcements confirming Leben’s retirment, but if that was his last fight in the Octagon, here at SciFighting, we would like to thank him for the many great fights he has given us over the years. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

  • WalnutCreekScott

    I don’t know. Chris was just about TKO’d when the bell rang. He thought it was all over. Hill hit him right in the face, very very hard. Believe me when I say that takes a lot of the fight out of you when that happens. Facing Uriah Hill has to be one frightening prospect. Chris was probably having flashbacks of his Anderson Silva fight. I don’t blame the guy. I think he fights again, in the UFC too. Chris Leben is a balls-out entertaining fighter who brings it every time. On this day, he just got his ass kicked. It happens. It doesn’t mean he’s done. Dana White knows that Chris Leben is an entertaining fighter who puts people in the seats and gets lots of PPV buys.