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"The Crippler"

22-11-0

Chris Leben

Chris "The Crippler" Leben

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  • Given Name: Christian Cyrus Leben
  • Professional MMA Record: 22-11-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: The Crippler
  • Current Streak: 4 Losses
  • Age: 34 | Date of Birth: 1980.07.21
  • Last Fight: December 28, 2013 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Middleweight | Last Weigh-In: 185.5 lbs
  • Affiliation: Icon Fitness MMA
  • Height: 5'11" (181cm) | Reach: 70.5" (179cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $889,000 USD
  • Born: Portland, Oregon, United States
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: Oahu, Hawaii
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Official Site

Chris Leben Wiki Update Wiki

Chris Leben is a professional mixed martial arts fighter and a veteran of over a dozen bouts in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Leben made his name on the inaugural season of the UFC’s popular reality contest “The Ultimate Fighter” on Spike TV, where he immediately distinguished himself among the talented cast of fighters as the house instigator and provocateur. Leben gained attention – some of it positive, some of it negative – for his engrossing combination of crude and barbaric behavior, and personal sensitivity. Leben smashed through a door (requiring stitches) and urinated on a housemate’s mattress, but showed he was vulnerable when, in a drunken war of words, fellow housemember Bobby Southworth angrily called him a “fatherless bastard”. Though bigger stars, including Forrest Griffin, Josh Koscheck and Kenny "KenFlo" Florian, emerged from TUF season one, Leben was unquestionably the biggest star during the course of the series, and the centerpiece of the “reality” sequences filmed inside the house.


Inside the cage, Leben’s approach is simple: he comes to bang and does it well. Leben possesses an iron chin, and with the exception of one 0:49 dismantling at UFN 5 courtesy of Anderson Silva’s precision strikes, he had not been KO’d inside the Octagon up to that point. Leben has stood and traded bombs with many of the world’s heaviest hitters, including Benji Radach, Patrick Cote, Jorge Rivera, Terry Martin and Alessio “Legionarius” Sakara – all of whom Leben defeated. Leben handed Aaron Simpson his first loss inside the Octagon, and his victorious three round battle against Yoshihiro Akiyama became an instant classic. He would lose to Brian Stann in his next match before finishing Wanderlei Silva 27 seconds into the first round. He would lose his next match to Mark Munoz when they stopped the fight after the second round due to a cut above his left eye leaving him unable to see. Leben would test positive for oxycodone and oxymorphone after this fight and as a result was suspended from fighting for a year.


He was scheduled to make his return to the octagon at UFC 155 against Karlos Vemola but Vemola pulled out ten days before the event due to injury. Leben took on Strikeforce vet, Derek Brunson instead. Although he was the oddsmaker's favorite to win, he was out-wrestled for three rounds while looking slow and lethargic, leading to a decision loss for the Crippler. Leben attributed the loss to his inability to stuff Brunson's takedowns. Also, he realized that things needed to change in order to revitalize his UFC career. That's why Leben decided to get out of his comfort zone in Hawaii and instead train at the ambitious Alliance MMA gym with coach Eric Del Fiero. Leben hasn't missed one workout in 12 weeks during the preparation for his fight with Andrew Craig at UFC 162 and he trained harder than ever. However, Craig won the fight via split decisions after almost finishing Leben in the third round. He would then face TUF 17 runner up Uriah Hall at UFC 168. Leben went on to lose via first-round TKO, quitting between the first and second rounds due to the damage he had sustained.


On Monday, January 20, Leben announced his retirement from active competition on an episode of Ariel Helwani's "The MMA Hour."


The Ultimate Fighter 1

Episode 6 Josh Koscheck def. Leben by Unanimous Decision

TUF 1 Finale Leben def. Jason Thacker by TKO (strikes) at 1:35 of Round 1

Last updated 07.09.2014, 3:42 PM ET
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Chris Leben Middleweight Ranking History

Chris Leben MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Professional Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | KO/TKO | Retired
5:00 Round 1 of 3
Uriah Hall
Ref: Steve Mazzagatti
UFC 168: Weidman vs. Silva 2
Preliminary Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2013.12.28
Odds: +260 Moderate Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $51,000 Base | Weigh-In: 185.5 lbs
Walkout Music: Digital Underground - The Humpty Dance
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Andrew Craig
Ref: Yves Lavigne
UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman
Preliminary Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2013.07.06
Odds: +125 Slight Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $51,000 Base | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Derek Brunson
Ref: Herb Dean
UFC 155: Dos Santos vs. Velasquez 2
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2012.12.29
Odds: -155 Slight Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $51,000 Base | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs
Cancelled Bout Karlos Vemola UFC 155 2012.12.29
Reason: Vemola Injury
Loss | KO/TKO | Injury
5:00 Round 2 of 5, 10:00 Total
Mark Munoz
Ref: Marc Goddard
UFC 138: Leben vs. Munoz
Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2011.11.05
Odds: +205 Moderate Underdog | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
0:27 Round 1 of 3
Wanderlei Silva
Ref: Josh Rosenthal
UFC 132: Cruz vs Faber II
Co-Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2011.07.02
Odds: +170 Slight Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $92,000 ($46K Base, $46K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs
#79 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#10 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2011
Loss | KO/TKO | Strikes
3:37 Round 1 of 3
Brian Stann
Ref: Josh Rosenthal
UFC 125: Resolution
Co-Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2011.01.01
Odds: -155 Slight Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $46,000 Base | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs
#15 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2011
#7 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2011
Win | Submission | Choke
4:40 Round 3 of 3, 14:40 Total
Yoshihiro Akiyama
Ref: Herb Dean
UFC 116: Lesnar vs Carwin
Co-Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2010.07.03
Odds: +180 Slight Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $161,000 ($43K Base, $43K Bonus, $75K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs
Walkout Music: Red Hot Chili Peppers - Love Rollercoaster
#23 Greatest Fight of All Time
#48 Greatest Submission of All Time
#4 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2010
#3 Greatest Middleweight MMA Fight of All Time
#4 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2010
#13 Greatest Comeback of All Time
UFC 116 Fight of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
4:17 Round 2 of 3, 9:17 Total
Aaron Simpson
Ref: Josh Rosenthal
The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2010.06.19
Odds: +265 Moderate Underdog Upset Victory | Disclosed Pay: $95,000 ($35K Base, $35K Bonus, $25K KO/Night) | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs
#29 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2010
The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale Knockout of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Jay Silva
Ref: Dan Miragliotta
UFC Fight Night 20: Maynard vs Diaz
Preliminary Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2010.01.11
Odds: -168 Slight Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $60,000 ($30K Base, $30K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs
Loss | Submission | Choke
1:30 Round 3 of 3, 11:30 Total
Jake Rosholt
Ref: Yves Lavigne
UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2009.08.29
Odds: -136 Slight Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $30,000 Base | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs
Walkout Music: Damien Marley - Welcome to Jamrock
UFC 102 Submission of the Night
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Michael Bisping
Ref: Dan Miragliotta
UFC 89: Bisping vs Leben
Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2008.10.18
Odds: +188 Slight Underdog | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs
Cancelled Bout Michael Bisping UFC 85 2008.06.07
Reason: Leben Legal Problems
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:16 Round 1 of 3
Alessio Sakara
Ref: Herb Dean
UFC 82: Pride of a Champion
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2008.03.01
Odds: -153 Slight Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $110,000 ($25K Base, $25K Bonus, $60K KO/Night) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs
UFC 82 Knockout of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
3:56 Round 3 of 3, 13:56 Total
Terry Martin
Ref: Herb Dean
UFC Fight Night 11: Thomas vs Florian
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2007.09.19
Odds: +180 Slight Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $20,000 ($10K Base, $10K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs
#69 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#17 Greatest Comeback of All Time
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Kalib Starnes
Ref: Mario Yamasaki
UFC 71: Liddell vs Jackson
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2007.05.26
Odds: -260 Moderate Favorite Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 ($10K Base, $40K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs
UFC 71 Fight of the Night
Loss | Submission | Choke
4:03 Round 2 of 3, 9:03 Total
Jason MacDonald
Ref: Steve Mazzagatti
UFC 66: Liddell vs. Ortiz 2
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2006.12.30
Odds: -170 Slight Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $7,000 Base | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
0:35 Round 2 of 3, 5:35 Total
Jorge Santiago
Ref: Herb Dean
UFC Fight Night 6: Sanchez vs Parisyan
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2006.08.17
Odds: -300 Moderate Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $14,000 ($7K Base, $7K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs
Loss | KO/TKO | Knee
0:49 Round 1 of 3
Anderson Silva
Ref: John McCarthy
UFC Fight Night 5: Leben vs. Silva
Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2006.06.28
Odds: +170 Slight Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $7,000 Base | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs
#52 Greatest Knockout of All Time
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Luigi Fioravanti
Ref: John McCarthy
UFC Fight Night 4
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2006.04.06
Odds: -575 Heavy Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $14,000 ($7K Base, $7K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:44 Round 1 of 3
Jorge Rivera
Ref: John McCarthy
UFC Fight Night 3
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2006.01.16
Odds: -135 Slight Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $10,000 ($5K Base, $5K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 185.5 lbs
Win | Submission | Armlock
3:26 Round 1 of 3
Edwin Dewees
Ref: Herb Dean
UFC Fight Night 2
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2005.10.03
Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Patrick Cote
Ref: Herb Dean
UFC Fight Night 1
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2005.08.06
Disclosed Pay: $10,000 ($5K Base, $5K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 185.5 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:35 Round 1 of 3
Jason Thacker
Ref: Herb Dean
The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale
Preliminary Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2005.04.09
Disclosed Pay: $10,000 ($5K Base, $5K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Injury Benji Radach SportFight 2004.06.26
Loss | Decision | Unanimous Joe Doerksen FFC 9 2004.05.14
Win | KO/TKO | Punch Justin Davis SportFight 2004.04.17
Win | KO/TKO | Punch Boyd Ballard United Full Contact Federation 2004.01.31
Win | KO/TKO | Punch Mike Swick WEC 2004.01.16
Win | Decision | Unanimous James Fanshier Gladiator Challenge 2003.11.13
Win | Submission | Armlock Brian Sleeman WEC 2003.10.17
Win | Submission | Armlock Boyd Ballard United Full Contact Federation 2003.10.11
Win | Decision | Unanimous Landon Showalter Oregon Regional 2003.08.23
Win | KO/TKO | Punch Otto Olson United Full Contact Federation 2003.07.26
Win | Submission | Armlock Bryce Hamilton United Full Contact Federation 2002.11.09
Amateur Results Opponent Event Date
Win | Decision | Split Pat Healy Full Contact Fighting Federation 2003.06.07
Win | KO/TKO | Retired John Hall Full Contact Fighting Federation 2003.03.08
Win | KO/TKO | Punches Ben Birtcher Full Contact Fighting Federation 2002.12.14
Win | Submission | Armlock Justin Terherst Full Contact Fighting Federation 2002.08.10

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