Following his TKO loss against Uriah Hall (8-4) at UFC 168, UFC President Dana White said he was unsure about Chris Leben’s (22-11) future in mixed martial arts.
Leben was severely battered by Hall in the opening round of the fight. At the sound of the bell, he told his corner he was done and didn’t want to continue. His cornermen tried to convince him not to throw in the towel, but Leben had had enough. As a result, Hall was awarded a TKO victory.
The day after the fight, Leben went back to San Diego and posted via Twitter: “Time to start a new chapter.”
From what it sounds like, the thirty-three year old UFC veteran seems like he’s ready to hang up his gloves. But despite his latest tweet, his trainer, Del Fierro, said that “The Crippler” still hasn’t made up his mind on whether he’s going to retire or not.
According to MMA Weekly, Del Fierro said, “He hasn’t decided yet.”
Leben also showed class and sportsmanship by being gracious in defeat. He congratulated Hall, the man who beat him, via Twitter.
Way to go @UriahHallMMA. Next generation of this sport:real athletes. Days of winning on toughness alone are over. Good job buddy
— Chris Leben (@cripplerufc) December 29, 2013
This loss marks Leben’s fourth loss in a row. The last time he won a fight was against Wanderlei Silva (35-12) in 2011. Perhaps it’s time for Leben to hang up the gloves. It seemed like he mentally broke in his fight against Hall; it was like he didn’t want to be there anymore.
Also taking into consideration, Leben has been fighting since 2002. He’s amassed a total of thirty-three fights over his eleven-year career. And his fighting style is very roudy, he likes to brawl, often sustaining heavy damage in the process.
Even so, only Leben, himself, can decide if he wants to retire or not.