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.