White: Leben's fight style not healthy for him


Going into UFC 162 Saturday night, Chris Leben had lost two in a row, and three of his last four. UFC president Dana White was asked before the fight if Leben would be cut if he lost.

“Leben is a f---ing warhorse," said White. This guy comes in and he's either going to kill or be killed. He's either going to knock you out or get knocked out, that's just his style.”

“Let's see what happens on Saturday. He's a kid that, no matter what he's doing, I want to keep him motivated, and make it so that every day when he gets out of bed he's a part of society, and has to have something to achieve or some goals. I always want that there for him. I don't even want to talk about cutting Chris Leben.”

The remarks come following 15 months of sobriety, following Leben's well-publicized struggles with alcohol dependency.

But Leben lost on Sat, by split decision, and the question of his future in the UFC again arose.

"His fight style isn't healthy for him, the way that he fights," said White. "He's getting up there in age, and the big layoffs don't help him either.

"I don't know... I've got to figure out what I think will be best for him, which people hate when I say that and do that."

"I want Leben to get up everyday and be part of society and have to do something, whether it's training or training other people, no matter what is. Chris Leben has the type of personality that can go off the deep very easily in a lot of negative ways. I really care about the kid. I like him a lot. I love him. So I've got to figure this thing out."

White said Leben texted him an apology after the fight.

"I love ya, kid," White responded.

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omega 2013 site profile image  

7/9/13 9:44 AM by omega 2013

Surprised he hasn't been cut.

Roy Batty site profile image  

7/9/13 9:24 AM by Roy Batty

Sakara's gonna avenge all his losses! It will take him into 2015, but, darn it, he's gonna do it!

Bobby Lupo site profile image  

7/9/13 8:06 AM by Bobby Lupo

Let Sakara get his rematch with Leben in a Euro show. 

Steve4192 site profile image  

7/9/13 8:00 AM by Steve4192

Agreed.I think he would be great either cageside announcing or sitting at the desk in the pre/post-show. I would assume they have some air-time opening up now that Dominick Cruz is able to train again. I doubt he'll want to carry the same broadcasting workload when he is preparing for a fight. Let Leben take some of the burden off Dom.

Mattapooh site profile image  

7/9/13 6:55 AM by Mattapooh

I'd like to see him in a position to tell stories like the ones Chael mentioned on the Rogan podcast awhile back. Apparently Leben is loaded with the most insane, hilarious stories about his crazy upbringing so combining that with his current struggles would make him a great inspirational figure for a lot of people.

Roy Batty site profile image  

7/8/13 8:40 PM by Roy Batty

I think he'd be better on commentary than a lot of guys they've used on the Fox and FX broadcasts; dude's got a natural charisma and enthusiasm that make for good TV.

TexasBadAss site profile image  

7/8/13 8:15 PM by TexasBadAss

He seems to need to be the type of guy who needs to have responsibility doing something. I hope he finds a good gym to train younger fighters or sometype of Burt Watson role with the UFC. Saw him interact with fans once and he just seemed to be such a good guy.

HeHitsMeBecauseHeLovesMe site profile image  

7/8/13 7:23 PM by HeHitsMeBecauseHeLovesMe

I will be extremely bummed if Leben is cut. He was my original favorite fighter, back in 05 when I was 15/16 y/o. If I could credit any 1 fighter, with getting me into MMA (which has been a big part of my life, for a large portion of it) it would definitely be Leben.It may sound really cliche. But, Chris is responsible for changing my life, more than he will ever know. I started watching at the end of 04, when I was 15. Since that time, literally everything in my life has changed, besides my love for mma.Everything aside, Leben will go down as my all time favorite fighter.

voorhees site profile image  

7/8/13 7:07 PM by voorhees

why would you say this?

NomoRomophobia site profile image  

7/8/13 7:06 PM by NomoRomophobia

I like Leben alot.He is just not with the top of the pack.I still like him tho.