Chris Leben has been one of the most exciting fighters in the UFC. Win or lose, he always looked to knock out his opponents, which made him a fan-favorite. Now, it appears Leben is calling it quits and is retiring from the UFC. This was confirmed by Leben on The MMA Hour, who talked with Ariel Helwani about not competing in MMA anymore.
Leben was on the very first season of The Ultimate Fighter, which featured future UFC stars, such as Forrest Griffin, Diego Sanchez, Josh Koscheck and Stephan Bonnar. Leben started his UFC career back in 2005, and he went on to beat some quality opponents in Patrick Cote, Jorge Rivera, Jorge Santiago, Aaron Simpson, Yoshihiro Akiyama and Wanderlei Silva. In each of these fights, Leben brought the fight to his opponents, and he will best be known for his caution to the wind fighting style and his granite chin.
Leben is retiring for the fact that he is on a four-fight losing streak. His last fight was against Uriah Hall, who was able to make Leben quit after the first round. Leben didn’t want to take damage any more, and he’s calling it a career because he doesn’t seem to have the edge he used to have when he was younger. There is no shame in that, because if Leben continued fighting and kept taking shots like he is accustomed to doing, he could have faced serious long term health effects.
Leben may not being going out on top, but he’s still had a pretty successful UFC career, and he has left an impact on the sport. Now, he will focus more on MMA coaching, and he has ample amounts of knowledge to teach to today’s UFC stars and the future stars of the sport.