Chris Leben (born July 21, 1980) is an American mixed martial artist (MMA) best known for his appearance on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter, a reality television series produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and broadcast formely on Spike TV. Leben holds notable wins over Wanderlei Silva, Yoshihiro Akiyama, Terry Martin, Alessio Sakara and Jorge Rivera.
Mixed martial artsEdit
The Ultimate FighterEdit
Leben was one of the most controversial and outspoken fighters on the show due to his tough-guy attitude contrasted by his propensity to shed tears. In the first episode he got drunk and urinated on future teammate Jason Thacker's bed, stealing his pillow afterward. One night when everyone in the household was drinking, Bobby Southworth referred to Chris as a "fatherless bastard" on account of Chris' father not being there during his childhood, causing other members to hold Chris back, who was in a rage. After a heated confrontation where Josh Koscheck and Bobby Southworth sprayed Leben down with a hose while he was asleep, Leben punched a window out. After the confrontation, UFC president Dana White set up a match between Leben and Koscheck. Leben ended up losing the two-round fight by unanimous decision due to Koscheck's ability to score points by controlling Leben on the ground. Leben was visibly upset.
Later in the show, teammate Nate Quarry was eliminated from the competition due to an ankle injury and was told he could choose a previously eliminated fighter to replace him. He chose Leben, who was later defeated by Kenny Florian due to doctor stoppage in the first semi-final match after Florian opened up a cut above Leben’s eye with an elbow strike. His losses on the taped show do not appear on his professional record, as those fights were officially classified by Nevada as exhibition bouts.
On April 9, 2005, Leben fought Jason Thacker on the undercard of The Ultimate Fighter's live finale. Thacker was not amused when he watched the show and found out Leben had used his bed as a urinal. Speaking with Dana White, Thacker demanded a match against Leben at the finale. The match was set up, and Leben won 95 seconds into the first round after referee stoppage due to strikes. Afterward, Leben apologized to Thacker for urinating on his bed, saying he had since given up drinking because of that sort of incident.
After the show, Leben moved to Seattle, Washington to train with the mixed martial arts team AMC Pankration. Prior to the show, he had trained with Gresham, Oregon-based Team Quest. He has competed in several UFC events since the show and is the only person to have fought in the first six Ultimate Fight Night events. Leben has a 9–5 record in the UFC, including a TKO win over fellow TUF alumni Jason Thacker, a split decision win over TUF finalist Patrick Côté, an armbar submission against Edwin Dewees, a first-round TKO over Jorge Rivera, and a unanimous decision over Luigi Fioravanti.
Leben was defeated by Anderson Silva at UFC Ultimate Fight Night 5 on June 28, 2006 by knockout 49 seconds into the first round. Despite such a devastating loss, he wanted to be back in the ring and fighting immediately to prove he had not lost his edge. He got his fight at UFC Fight Night 6 on August 17, 2006. He defeated Jorge Santiago by knockout 35 seconds into the second round.
Leben then lost at UFC 66 to Canadian fighter Jason MacDonald by modified guillotine choke with less than a minute remaining in the second round. Leben then lost to Canadian Kalib Starnes by unanimous decision at UFC 71 on May 26, 2007.
Since UFC 71, Leben has moved to East Oahu, Hawaii to accept the main coaching job at Icon Fitness MMA Gym. ICON Sport promoter T. Jay Thompson has commented, saying, "I am very excited to have Chris at our new facility. His energy and overall enthusiasm for the sport will add tremendously to our gym. I am very impressed with the family friendly 'outside of the cage' personality of Chris and what that will mean to our members." In addition to training at ICON, Chris and fighter Steven "The Soul Samurai" Saito opened Ultimate Fight School gym in Oahu in January, located two blocks from the University of Hawaii campus.
It was reported that Leben was offered a main event fight against Mike Swick at UFC Fight Night 11, but turned down the fight for unknown reasons; it was later revealed on the Ultimate Fighter Season 1 reunion show by UFC President Dana White's call to matchmaker Joe Silva that Chris' camp turned down the fight and that Chris himself had no prior knowledge of the fight offer. Leben instead took on Terry Martin on the same UFC Fight Night 11 card. Even after being rocked with multiple punches by Martin, a half-dazed Leben defeated Martin by knockout at 3:56 of the third round. Later, at UFC 82, he knocked out Alessio Sakara, winning the "Knockout of the Night" award.
His next fight was against Michael Bisping at UFC 89, which he lost by a unanimous decision after a full three rounds. Leben taunted Bisping throughout the last two rounds by dropping his arms and raising his chin. The judges scored the fight 30–27 (twice) and 29–28 for Bisping. Bisping used effective counter punching in the fight to keep the aggressive Leben at bay.
After the fight with Bisping, Leben tested positive for Stanozolol and was suspended for nine months and fined a third of his fight purse. He was eligible to return in July 2009. Leben admitted he had used the substance several months prior to the fight, but stated he had assumed it would have been out of his system by then.
Leben then fought WEC transplant and elite wrestler Jake Rosholt at UFC 102 in Portland, Oregon.. In the third round, he was rendered unconscious via an arm triangle choke, losing the fight by submission.
Leben was expected to face Aaron Simpson at UFC 114, but the bout took place on June 19, 2010, at The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz Finale. He won the bout via TKO (punches) in round 2.
After Wanderlei Silva was forced out of his UFC 116 bout with Yoshihiro Akiyama due to broken ribs, Leben agreed to fill in for Silva in the bout against Akiyama, and faced him two weeks after defeating Simpson. Although he was outstruck and outwrestled for most of the first round, Leben managed to stay competitive and keep a fast paced fight with the rapidly tiring Akiyama in the second round. In the third and final round, Leben capitalized and sunk in a triangle choke with just twenty seconds left in the fight, forcing Akiyama to submit. It was considered the best performance of Leben's career and one of the best fights of the year. After the fight, Leben called for a fight with Silva, saying "come on Wanderlei, I'll take you out, too!", though UFC president Dana White said in the post-fight press conference that a Leben-Silva affair is not under consideration. Leben won Sherdog.com's Comeback Fighter of the Year for 2010.
On October 20, 2010, Leben was arrested in Honolulu, Hawaii for suspicion of driving under the influence after crashing his truck into a wall off of Kapiolani Boulevard. He was released from custody after posting bail.
Leben faced Brian Stann on January 1, 2011, at UFC 125 He lost the fight via TKO in the first round. After the fight between Leben and Stann, Leben's coach Burton Richardson says Leben's poor performance may have been caused by a sickness before the bout: "First, great job by Brian Stann. He never looked better. Many have commented that Chris was very slow and looked off last night. The truth is that Chris was sick. He had a fever and chills when he stepped into the cage. He was vomiting in the locker room before the fight, and after a hard warm up he didn't have a drop of sweat. Big heart to fight like that, but he was moving slow motion. He was very sharp in training. He will be back."
On June 2, 2011, Leben faced Wanderlei Silva at UFC 132. Silva came out aggressive, throwing wild punches and staggering leben, before Leben quickly got the clinch and dropped Silva with uppercuts, finishing the MMA legend in 27 seconds.
Leben then fought Mark Munoz on November 5, 2011, at UFC 138. He lost by TKO at the 5:00 mark of the 2nd round due to a cut on his left eyebrow and left him unable to see and forced a corner stoppage. On November 28, 2011, Zuffa LLC, owner of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, released information stating that Leben tested positive for oxycodone and oxymorphone following his loss to Munoz at UFC 138. As a result of the positive test, Leben was suspended from fighting for 1 year.
Leben's return fight was expected to be against Karlos Vemola on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155. However, Vemola was forced out of the bout and replaced by promotional newcomer Derek Brunson. Leben was defeated via unanimous decision.
Leben faced Uriah Hall on December 28, 2013 at UFC 168. After almost being knocked out at the end of the first round, Leben told his corner that he was done, taking a TKO loss to Hall after the first round. UFC commentator Joe Rogan pointed out during the broadcast that Leben asked, "Was I knocked out?" as he was being led to his corner. Leben then reiterated "I'm done" multiple times before the fight was waved off.
In May 2007, Leben moved to East Oahu, Hawaii to accept the main coaching job at Icon Fitness MMA Gym. ICON Sport promoter T. Jay Thompson said, "I am very excited to have Chris at our new facility. His energy and overall enthusiasm for the sport will add tremendously to our gym. I am very impressed with the family friendly 'outside of the cage' personality of Chris and what that will mean to our members." In addition to training at ICON, Leben and fighter Steven "The Soul Samurai" Saito opened Ultimate Fight School gym in Oahu in January, located two blocks from the University of Hawaii campus. Leben is a playable fighter in the UFC Undisputed video games. Before becoming a professional fighter, Leben worked construction and was a housepainter.
MMAJunkie.com reported on April 30, 2008, that Leben was arrested in Oregon by Clackamas County Sheriffs for DUI stemming from an earlier date. He was kept in jail and temporarily held without bond for allegedly violating his probation. Leben was then sentenced to 35 days in jail, causing his match against Michael Bisping at UFC 85 to be rescheduled for UFC 89.
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|5||0 wins||0 losses|
|Loss||22–11||Uriah Hall||TKO (corner stoppage)||UFC 168||December 28, 2013||1||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||22–10||Andrew Craig||Decision (split)||UFC 162||July 6, 2013||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||22–9||Derek Brunson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 155||December 29, 2012||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||22–8||Mark Muñoz||TKO (corner stoppage)||UFC 138||November 5, 2011||2||5:00||Birmingham, England, United Kingdom||First 5 round non-title bout in UFC history; Leben tested positive for oxy-morphine and oxycodone.|
|Win||22–7||Wanderlei Silva||KO (punches)||UFC 132||July 2, 2011||1||0:27||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||21–7||Brian Stann||TKO (knee and punches)||UFC 125||January 1, 2011||1||3:37||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||21–6||Yoshihiro Akiyama||Submission (triangle choke)||UFC 116||July 3, 2010||3||4:40||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Fight of the Night|
|Win||20–6||Aaron Simpson||TKO (punches)||The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale||June 19, 2010||2||4:17||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Knockout of the Night|
|Win||19–6||Jay Silva||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Maynard vs. Diaz||January 11, 2010||3||5:00||Fairfax, Virginia, United States|
|Loss||18–6||Jake Rosholt||Technical Submission (arm-triangle choke)||UFC 102||August 29, 2009||3||1:30||Portland, Oregon, United States|
|Loss||18–5||Michael Bisping||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 89||October 18, 2008||3||5:00||Birmingham, England, United Kingdom||Leben tested positive for Stanozolol|
|Win||18–4||Alessio Sakara||TKO (punches)||UFC 82||March 1, 2008||1||3:16||Columbus, Ohio, United States||Knockout of the Night|
|Win||17–4||Terry Martin||KO (punch)||UFC Fight Night: Thomas vs Florian||September 19, 2007||3||3:56||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Knockout of the Night|
|Loss||16–4||Kalib Starnes||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 71||May 26, 2007||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Fight of the Night|
|Loss||16–3||Jason MacDonald||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC 66||December 30, 2006||2||4:03||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||16–2||Jorge Santiago||KO (punch)||UFC Fight Night 6||August 17, 2006||2||0:35||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Knockout of the Night|
|Loss||15–2||Anderson Silva||KO (knee)||UFC Fight Night 5||June 28, 2006||1||0:49||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||UFC Middleweight title eliminator.|
|Win||15–1||Luigi Fioravanti||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night 4||April 6, 2006||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||14–1||Jorge Rivera||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night 3||January 16, 2006||1||1:44||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||13–1||Edwin Dewees||Submission (armbar)||UFC Fight Night 2||October 3, 2005||1||3:26||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||12–1||Patrick Côté||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night||August 5, 2005||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||11–1||Jason Thacker||TKO (punches)||The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale||April 9, 2005||1||1:35||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||10–1||Benji Radach||TKO (broken jaw)||SF 4: Fight For Freedom||June 26, 2004||3||3:43||Gresham, Oregon, United States|
|Loss||9–1||Joe Doerksen||Decision (unanimous)||Freestyle Fighting Championships 9||May 14, 2004||3||5:00||Biloxi, Mississippi, United States|
|Win||9–0||Justin Davis||KO (punch)||SF 3: Dome||April 17, 2004||1||1:54||Gresham, Oregon, United States|
|Win||8–0||Boyd Ballard||KO (punches)||UFCF: Night of Champions||January 31, 2004||1||1:50||Lynnwood, Washington, United States|
|Win||7–0||Mike Swick||KO (punch)||WEC 9||January 16, 2004||2||0:45||Lemoore, California, United States||Won inaugural WEC Middleweight Championship|
|Win||6–0||James Fanshier||Decision (unanimous)||Gladiator Challenge 20||November 13, 2003||3||5:00||Colusa, California, United States|
|Win||5–0||Brian Sleeman||Submission (armbar)||WEC 8||October 17, 2003||1||3:15||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Win||4–0||Boyd Ballard||Submission (armbar)||UFCF: Night of Champions||October 11, 2003||1||2:18||Lynnwood, Washington, United States|
|Win||3–0||Landon Showalter||Decision (unanimous)||TQP: Sport Fight "Second Coming"||August 23, 2003||3||5:00||Gresham, Oregon, United States|
|Win||2–0||Otto Olson||KO (punch)||UFCF: Battle in Seattle||July 26, 2003||1||2:01||Seattle, Washington, United States|
|Win||1–0||Bryce Hamilton||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFCF: Everett Extreme Challenge 6||November 9, 2002||1||2:45||Everett, Washington, United States|
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- ↑ Mixed martial arts fighter arrested on suspicion of DUI following crash. Hawaii News Now.com (October 20, 2010). Retrieved on 2010-10-20.
- ↑ Chris Leben vs. Brian Stann targeted for UFC 125 New Year's Day event. mmajunkie.com (2010-09-22). Archived from the original on 2012-07-12.
- ↑ Burton Richardson. MMAnews.se. Retrieved on 2011-07-03.
- ↑ http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2011/7/4/2257774/ufc-132-results-recap-chris-leben-vs-wanderlei-silva
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- ↑ Erickson, Matt (2012-09-12). Chris Leben returns in December, meets Karlos Vemola at UFC 155 in Las Vegas. MMAjunkie.com. Archived from the original on 2013-01-29. Retrieved on 2012-09-12.
- ↑ Karlos Vemola out at UFC 155, Strikeforce vet Derek Brunson meets Chris Leben. mmajunkie.com (December 18, 2012).
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