Tag:Chris Leben
Posted on: August 29, 2009 10:55 pm
Edited on: August 29, 2009 11:12 pm

UFC 102 live results: Leben vs. Rosholt

Next up is Jake Rosholt vs. Chris "The Crippler" Leben at middleweight. Classic wrestler vs. striker showdown right here.

Round 1: Rosholt with an inside leg kick. Leben with a leg kick, and the crowd starts chanting his name. Rosholt looks to be trying to set up a takedown with these strikes but he's showing lots of respect to Leben's ability to clock him on the shot. They exchange more leg kicks. Rosholt lands a right to the jaw, and Leben takes Rosholt down. You read that right --I did not get the names reversed by accident. Leben's on top in Rosholt's guard. Leben with some ground and pound, landing a few punches before Rosholt escapes to his feet. Outside leg kick by Leben. Rosholt with a short left hook and they tie up. Rosholt takes Leben to the mat and tries to transition to his back. Leben is back to his feet. Another outside leg kick by Leben. Leben runs in with a looping left hand and an uppercut, putting Rosholt on his bicycle for a few seconds. The round ends, and I'd give it to Leben 10-9.

Round 2: Marc Laimon told Rosholt in his corner to keep the pressure on Leben. Rosholt lands a nice one-two combo and Leben answers with a big looping left hand, swinging from his hip as only Leben can. Rosholt goes down, partially because Leben caught him off balance. Leben works some ground and pound to the ribs from inside Rosholt's closed guard. Rosholt's not doing much, looking to get a standup from the ref. And he gets exactly that. Leben throws another left and misses. Let's see if Rosholt gets tentative now that he's been stung by that shot. Leben throws a head kick and a straight left, then clinches Rosholt against the cage. Foot stomps from the clinch by Leben. Rosholt gets free and explodes with a fist combination and a takedown. He can't accomplish much, and eventually Leben's back up. They exchange wild, sloppy punches as the round ends. 10-9 Leben again.

Round 3: Leben works leg kicks and  Rosholt takes him down and moves into half guard. Rosholt gets to full mount and unloads some ground and pound. Leben gets back to half guard. Rosholt tries to take Leben's back as Leben scrambles. Leben turns away and Rosholt locks on a tight arm triangle. Leben won't tap out, so Rosholt chokes him out cold. Very impressive come-from-behind win by Rosholt.

Winner: Jake Rosholt defeats Chris Leben via submission to an arm triangle choke at 1:30 of Round 3.

Leben was up and walking around in pretty short order, so he's fine... albeit certainly disappointed that he let that one go when he was winning on points.
Posted on: November 3, 2008 5:10 pm
Edited on: November 3, 2008 6:17 pm

UFC suspends Leben for steroid test failure

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has suspended Chris Leben for testing positive for the steroid Stanazolol following his fight with Michael Bisping at UFC 89 on Oct. 18.

UFC president Dana White confirmed the suspension in comments to Dave Meltzer of Yahoo! Sports on Monday. White said he was disappointed in Leben -- who reportedly admitted taking the drug, also known as Winstrol V.

“I am obviously disappointed with Chris, who has made great strides getting his life back on track,” White said, as quoted by Meltzer. “To his credit, he has taken responsibility for his actions and is accepting the punishment that has been handed down. But as always, the UFC puts the safety of its athletes first and foremost, and we won’t tolerate anyone using performance enhancing drugs in our organization.”

In the United States, drug testing for UFC events is handled independently by the state athletic commission, wherever the event takes place. The commission not only tests the fighters, but chooses the punishment for failed tests, usually a combination of a fine and a suspension. For events held in England, such as UFC 89, the UFC does its own drug testing since there is no commission overseeing the event. For UFC 89, Meltzer reported that the UFC tested all 22 fighters on the card for banned substances, both before and after their fights.

The UFC suspended Leben for nine months and fined him one third of his purse from the event.
Posted on: October 9, 2008 4:18 pm
Edited on: October 9, 2008 4:18 pm

Bisping, Leben talk about UFC 89

UFC 89 will be headlined on Oct. 18 by a middleweight bout between Chris Leben and Michael Bisping.

Considering the fighters are two of the UFC's most polarizing personalities -- and in the past, two of the more accomplished trash talkers -- Thursday's conference call to discuss the fight was relatively subdued.In fact, both Bisping and Leben seemed friendly and cordial. Dare I say, they both sounded cheerful. The call was light on insults and bravado, heavy on compliments and introspection. Leben in particular sounds like a man who has grown up considerably since he made his name years ago as one of the central characters on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter.

Michael Bisping (UFC)Some highlights below.

Leben on what this fight means: "I think this fight is really a deciding factor of who's gonna be at that top tier, you know, in the middleweight division (and) who's gonna be in line for a title shot. Who's gonna fall back down and be kind of in the midst of the pack. As far as that goes, I can't say how I think Michael is going to fight, how he's going to perform if he fights Anderson (Silva). I fought him once, and obviously it didn't go the best. But that was years ago. I'm a much different fighter. The Chris Leben of today wouldn't do what he did then."

Bisping responds:
"Pretty much just what Chris said, really. Whoever wins this fight moves onwards and upwards towards title contention. And as Chris said, you kind of fall back to the middle of the pack, for the loser. So obviously, a lot riding on it."

Leben on getting a second chance to fight Bisping after legal issues prevented the first booking from happening: "When I was first slated to fight Michael Bisping, it was a huge opportunity for me. It's a fight that I personally wanted, and obviously some things came up and caused me to not take that fight. It was a huge bummer. It was a giant let-down. It was a letdown for me, it was a letdown for my camp, it was a letdown for the fans, and you know, obviously Michael as well. Luckily the UFC came back around. They knew it's the fight everybody wants to see. They offered it again, and I gotta tell you, it lit a fire underneath me. To have that opportunity pulled away from me like I did, when I got that second chance, you know, it just made me that much more focused, that much more intense. Obviously Michael got another great win in decisive fashion. So for me, all that played into being one giant motivator for training for this bout."

Bisping on making weight at 185:
"I kind of know what I'm doing making the weight. The first time was quite stressful, because I didn't know how easy or hard it was going to be to make the weight, but now I'm pretty confortable. I'm probably going to come in a bit heavier this time than I have in the past, because I know I can cut a little bit. But yeah, it's feeling natural for me. I feel great at this weight. Middleweight was always my natural class; I was just too stupid to realize it."

Bisping on whether it will be difficult to put Leben away: "I think it's well-documented that the guy can take a good punch. We've all seen it. He takes a good shot. That's all well and good, you know. Whether it's the smartest game plan in the world is another thing, but yeah, Chris is tough. I'm not underestimating him whatsoever. He takes a good shot and he lands a good shot himself."

Leben on why he was forced to pull out of the first fight:
"I had got a DUI in Oregon. I was supposed to take care of ... there was a bunch of diversion-type stuff. I had to go to a class, and obviously obey the terms of my probation. One of the terms of my probation was not to leave the state. I moved to Hawaii. Apparently, you can't do that. (laughs) ... I'm done now. It's pretty cool. I was a little worried about going through customs, but I'm in the country now. I got a nice clean record, and yeah, everything is taken care of."
Posted on: March 1, 2008 11:08 pm
Edited on: March 1, 2008 11:22 pm

UFC 82 live results: Sakara vs. Leben

Alessio Sakara is on his way to the Octagon to fight Chris "The Crippler" Leben.

Round 1: They come out swinging. I know, shocker. Both guys are landing the majority of their shots square on the chin. Leben is at least mixing in some leg and body kicks. Leben finally nails Sakara with a pair of lefts that put Sakara on the mat. Sakara looks to pull guard as Leben rushes in with furious left hands. One of them flattens Sakara out momentarily, and since he's not blocking anything, referee Herb Dean steps in for the TKO stoppage.

Winner: Chris Leben defeated Alessio Sakara via TKO due to strikes at 3:16 of Round 1.

Sakara actually protested the stoppage and wasn't completely knocked out, but when you're getting tagged like that and knocked down, and still not blocking, you make it really hard for the referee to keep giving you leeway. Pretty action-packed fight while it lasted.
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