Chris Leben Announces His Retirement

Published on January 20th, 2014 5:15 pm EST

Earlier today, Chris "The Crippler" Leben made it official - he is retiring from mixed martial artists.

Actually, Leben retired from "active competition" as a mixed martial artist - I would imagine that he will still be involved in the sport somehow, likely as a coach or perhaps as a UFC employee.

Following his recent loss to Uriah Hall, Leben said that he was "done", but he didn't formally make the retirement announcement until earlier today. The retirement makes sense, as there is almost no way that the UFC would have given him another fight following four straight losses. In addition, Leben hadn't looked good in any of his previous three fights and it was painfully obvious that his best days were behind him.


Chris Leben made a name for himself on the first season of "The Ultimate Fighter". Leben was the down-on-his-luck, hyper-emotional drinker that could never seem to catch a break. For this reason, many MMA fans supported him over the course of his career.

Leben's time in the UFC included some high points (knockout of Wanderlei Silva, submission win over Yoshihiro Akiyama) and some low points (knockout loss to Anderson Silva, drug suspensions, arrests). All told, Chris Leben ended up compiling a record of 12-10 with the UFC over a career that ended up spanning nearly ten years. Leben was able notch wins over the likes of Wanderlei Silva, Yoshihiro Akiyama and Patrick Cote over the course of his career, while suffering losses to the likes of Anderson "The Spider" Silva, Michael Bisping and Brian Stann.

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