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Update: Chris Leben Says the UFC Left Him ‘Broken with Nothing’

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Update (9:04 p.m. ET): Leben has tweeted out that the UFC has indeed reached out to him to support although official details about what kind of support have not been released.

 

Former UFC middleweight Chris Leben fought for the promotion for nearly nine years and during that time has given us some of the most memorable moments in MMA history, albeit at the expense of sometimes watching him get battered.

Known for a granite chin and recuperative abilities that are second to none in the sport, Leben had been a formidable force just outside the top of the rankings. Leben’s departure from MMA was met with support as fans had watched him during the highs and lows of his career in a sport where getting beat up is just another day at the office and substance abuse remained a serious problem.

Since his infamous days on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter to his destruction at the hands of Anderson Silva to his eyes popping out of his head when he was celebrating a fresh knockout win over one of his idols, Wanderlei Silva, Leben has been delivering just what new and fringe MMA fans have wanted to see, a brawl that more often than not, ends in someone waking up asking what happened

His career with the promotion did end on a bit of a sour note, however. Going 1-4 in his last five bouts sprinkled with two corner stoppages after a rough previous round, the most recent of which was in December where he was dropped in the closing seconds of round 1 by Uriah Hall. He asked his corner what had happened in the first round and decided that he had been through enough.

Sunday afternoon, Leben posted a disturbing tweet in which he expresses his regrets in not becoming a truck driver and fighting for the UFC instead.

 

Leben was paid a disclosed $51,000 for the fight with Hall as well as in his previous two before that. He also came out of his last six bouts without a ‘Knockout’ or ‘Submission of the Night’ bonus.

Now, he claims he can’t pay for a counselor for the very public problems that he has faced. He places blame on the UFC’s shoulders who ‘left him broken with [nothing].

What is slightly puzzling about Leben’s statement was what he said in an interview following his retirement. Leben stated that he had spent most of the money he made in the UFC on illegal drugs (via MMAOddsBreakers.com), “The bottom line is, especially with all the illegal drugs, I was spending all the money I was making anyways. Six in one, half dozen in the other. I used to fight, the way I fought, I didn’t give a shit. ‘F— this, I could die tomorrow, let’s go out there and I’m gonna f—ing kill this guy!’ That fire, I’d be lying if I said that fire was still in me these past couple fights.”

Leben had also spoken on the fact that he was better when he had officially retired and that he would be spending his time coaching instead of fighting.

Leben would later tweet out an apology for the previous tweet. He accredited the post to the loss of his pet dog. While losing a pet can be extremely detrimental, it was an odd choice to attack the UFC for two situations that for now, seem very unrelated.

 

For updates on Leben’s situation visit SciFighting.com

  • Colin Bisson

    Really I just see someone who managed their finances poorly. Instead of meeting with a CPA and going over his options or discussing investments, mutual funds, etc etc he lived fast and spent just as fast by the sounds of it. He has an addiction issue that no doubt is clouding his judgement and impaired his ability to grasp just how much he was hurting himself financially but ultimately he has no one to blame but himself.