Chris “The Crippler” Leben has “mellowed out a bit” with age, or so he says, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t going to bring the all the firepower he can muster on July 2 at UFC 132 in Las Vegas. That’s when Leben will step into the Octagon with a man he calls a personal hero… Wanderlei Silva. Leben knows that, against a fighter like Silva, he’s got to bring it.

“Wanderlei is a blue collar fighter, he’s not gonna run from me,” Leben told MMAWeekly.com. But the Crippler is also of the blue collar ilk.

An inaugural castmember of “The Ultimate Fighter,” Leben has grown up in the Octagon, surfing numerous ups and downs since he first emerged there in 2005. He is currently coming off of a disappointing first-round TKO stoppage loss to Brian Stann, who derailed Leben’s three-fight winning streak.

It doesn’t take Leben much to get motivated for a fight.

“Punch me in the face, I’m gonna try and fight back,” he said with a chuckle.

But in Silva, Leben will have plenty of extra motivation. He’s fighting an idol, and after wading in the middleweight pool for so many years, he’s fighting to get his career back on track so he can make a run at the UFC title.

(Interview courtesy of Conner Cordova)

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

John Castaneda Ready to ‘Expose’ Angel Luis Cruz at Combate Americas OCHO

  • 12 days ago
  • 4 views

Following a couple months off, John Castaneda steps in as a late replacement to take on Angel Luis Cruz a 145-pound main event of Combate Americas OCHO. read news >>

Travis Browne Steps in on Short-Notice for Fabricio Werdum Rematch at UFC 203

  • 10 days ago
  • 56 views

Travis Browne has agreed to step in on short notice to face Fabricio Werdum in the UFC 203: Miocic vs. Overeem co-main event. read news >>

Where Are They Now? Episode 4: Bobby Southworth

  • 9 days ago
  • 38 views

Bobby Southworth’s verbal tormenting of Chris Leben was one of the most talked about scenes of The Ultimate Fighter 1. A decade later, he reflects. read news >>

Arthur Estrazulas Says RFA 42’s Christos Giagos is a Good Opponent for Him

  • 4 days ago
  • 6 views

For his RFA debut, Arthur Estrazulas (8-2) steps up to face Christos Giagos (12-5) in a 155-pound main event on August 19 in Visalia, California. read news >>

Nate Diaz vs Conor McGregor and the 5 Most Anticipated Rematches in UFC History

  • 4 days ago
  • 10 views

Days before Nate Diaz steps into the Octagon again with Conor McGregor, the furor around their rematch has reached a fever pitch. From Diaz's self-assured quips about how McGregor "got his ass beat" read news >>