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Chris Leben

Chris "The Crippler" Leben

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  • Given Name: Christian Cyrus Leben
  • MMA Record: 22-11-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: The Crippler
  • Current Streak: 4 Losses
  • Age: 35 | 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

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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 MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | KO/TKO | Retired
5:00 Round 1 of 3

Jm Uriah Hall
22-10-0 7-4-0

Us 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 (84.1 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti | Walkout Music: Digital Underground - The Humpty Dance
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Andrew Craig
22-9-0 8-1-0

Us 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 (84.4 kgs) | Referee: Yves Lavigne
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Derek Brunson
22-8-0 9-2-0

Us 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 (83.9 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
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

Us Mark Muñoz
22-7-0 11-2-0

Gb UFC 138: Leben vs. Munoz
Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2011.11.05
Odds: +205 (Moderate Underdog) | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs (84.4 kgs) | Referee: Marc Goddard
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
0:27 Round 1 of 3

Br Wanderlei Silva
21-7-0 33-10-1

Us 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 (83.9 kgs) | Referee: Josh Rosenthal
#82 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#10 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2011
Loss | KO/TKO | Strikes
3:37 Round 1 of 3

Us Brian Stann
21-6-0 9-3-0

Us 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 (84.4 kgs) | Referee: Josh Rosenthal
#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

Jp Yoshihiro Akiyama
20-6-0 13-1-1

Us 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 (84.4 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean | Walkout Music: Red Hot Chili Peppers - Love Rollercoaster
#22 Greatest Fight of All Time
#40 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

Us Aaron Simpson
19-6-0 8-0-0

Us 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 (84.4 kgs) | Referee: Josh Rosenthal
#31 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2010
The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale Knockout of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Br Jay Silva
18-6-0 5-2-0

Us 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 (83.9 kgs) | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
Loss | Submission | Choke
1:30 Round 3 of 3, 11:30 Total

Us Jake Rosholt
18-5-0 5-1-0

Us 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 (83.9 kgs) | Referee: Yves Lavigne | Walkout Music: Damien Marley - Welcome to Jamrock
UFC 102 Submission of the Night
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Gb Michael Bisping
18-4-0 16-1-0

Gb UFC 89: Bisping vs Leben
Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2008.10.18
Odds: +188 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs (84.4 kgs) | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
Cancelled Bout Michael Bisping UFC 85 2008.06.07
Reason: Leben Legal Problems
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:16 Round 1 of 3

It Alessio Sakara
17-4-0 12-6-0

Us 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 (83.9 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
UFC 82 Knockout of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
3:56 Round 3 of 3, 13:56 Total

Us Terry Martin
16-4-0 16-3-0

Us 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 (83.9 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#67 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#28 Greatest Middleweight MMA Fight of All Time
#18 Greatest Comeback of All Time
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Ca Kalib Starnes
16-3-0 7-1-1

Us 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 (83.9 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
UFC 71 Fight of the Night
Loss | Submission | Choke
4:03 Round 2 of 3, 9:03 Total

Ca Jason MacDonald
16-2-0 17-7-0

Us 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 (84.4 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
0:35 Round 2 of 3, 5:35 Total

Br Jorge Santiago
15-2-0 12-5-0

Us 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 (84.4 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Loss | KO/TKO | Knee
0:49 Round 1 of 3

Br Anderson Silva
15-1-0 17-4-0

Us 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 (84.4 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
#48 Greatest Knockout of All Time
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Luigi Fioravanti
14-1-0 7-0-0

Us 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 (84.4 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:44 Round 1 of 3

Us Jorge Rivera
13-1-0 13-4-0

Us 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 (84.1 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Submission | Armlock
3:26 Round 1 of 3

Us Edwin Dewees
12-1-0 31-7-0

Us UFC Fight Night 2
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2005.10.03
Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Ca Patrick Cote
11-1-0 6-2-0

Us 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 (84.1 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:35 Round 1 of 3

Ca Jason Thacker
10-1-0 0-0-0

Us 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 (83.9 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Loss | KO/TKO | Injury
Exhibition Bout
3:10 Round 2 of 3, 8:10 Total

Us Kenny Florian
10-1-0 2-1-0

Us The Ultimate Fighter Season 1
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2004.10.28
Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs (84.4 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
Exhibition Bout
2 Rounds, 10:00 Total

Us Josh Koscheck
10-1-0 2-0-0

Us The Ultimate Fighter Season 1
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2004.10.13
Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs (84.4 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | KO/TKO | Injury

Us Benji Radach

Us SportFight

2004.06.26
Loss | Decision | Unanimous

Ca Joe Doerksen

Us Mississippi Regional

2004.05.14
Win | KO/TKO | Punch

Us Justin Davis

Us SportFight

2004.04.17
Win | KO/TKO | Punch

Us Boyd Ballard

Us United Full Contact Federation

2004.01.31
Win | KO/TKO | Punch

Us Mike Swick

Us WEC

2004.01.16
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Us James Fanshier

Us Gladiator Challenge

2003.11.13
Win | Submission | Armlock

Us Brian Sleeman

Us WEC

2003.10.17
Win | Submission | Armlock

Us Boyd Ballard

Us United Full Contact Federation

2003.10.11
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Us Landon Showalter

Us Oregon Regional

2003.08.23
Win | KO/TKO | Punch

Us Otto Olson

Us United Full Contact Federation

2003.07.26
Win | Submission | Armlock

Us Bryce Hamilton

Us United Full Contact Federation

2002.11.09
Amateur Results Opponent Event Date
Win | Decision | Split

Us Pat Healy

Us Full Contact Fighting Federation

2003.06.07
Win | KO/TKO | Retired

Us John Hall

Us Full Contact Fighting Federation

2003.03.08
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Us Ben Birtcher

Us Full Contact Fighting Federation

2002.12.14
Win | Submission | Armlock

Us Justin Terherst

Us Full Contact Fighting Federation

2002.08.10

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