At UFC 125 the fans saw Brian Stann knock Chris Leben out in the first round. What they did not see was Leben on deck for the fight in the bathroom coming unglued from both ends. Was the vet of 30 pluis fights - over half of them in UFC - suffering from overwhelming nerves? Did he contract a debilitating virus? Wednesday Leben revealed that the culprit was ... Gummi Bears.
"I ate a bunch of candy, dude. I'm not lying," said Leben, who, of course, also stressed that he didn't want to take anything away from Stann's victory.
"I didn't eat sugar for like two months. Then after I made weight I went and bought gummy bears and chocolate and ice cream, and I ate that. My body hadn't had sugar, so I was backstage puking, s----ing and puking when I was on-deck for that fight. That's not a lie; that's the truth. And Brian Stann fought an amazing fight, but hindsight's 20/20. No gummy bears for me this fight."
"When I first starting fighting, I was watching Wanderlei and, in some ways, attempting to emulate some of the stuff that he did," Leben said. "The guy's been in dozens of legendary wars. You can't go into 7-11 without seeing him next to the little Xyience things. He's everywhere."
"There's somebody that's not in the UFC that's better than me that can beat me right now," Leben said. "I guarantee that. There's a lot of people in this world. Where I'm at in my career, I just want to have epic fights. I want to have fights that go down in the history books. I want to put on a show. I want people to think, hey, Chris Leben's on this card, I'm buying that pay-per-view."
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Chris Leben fights Wanderlei Silva at UFC 132 on Saturday night, live on pay per view.
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