Derek Brunson vs Chris Leben UFC 155It had been more than a year since Chris Leben had last fought in the UFC after dealing with a one-year suspension following a positive drug test in his last fight.

He returned at UFC 155 and faced late replacement Derek Brunson in the kick off fight for the pay-per-view, but unfortunately for him the 13 month absence from action showed in the fight.

Leben struggled early dealing with Brunson’s takedowns and even when his opponent slowed when the cardio of accepting a fight on a week’s notice started to show, he couldn’t take advantage in any way.

Looking back on the decision to put him on the pay-per-view main card, UFC President Dana White says it was a mistake and they should have given Leben a slot on the preliminary card so he could get his feet wet again before jumping back in the deep end.

“I love Chris Leben personally and professionally, he’s a great kid. I think we tonight for the pay-per-view, I made a mistake putting him on the pay-per-view. I should have had him on the undercard,” said White at the UFC 155 post fight press conference.

“He’s been off for personal problems for a while, has had a lot of time off, and he looked slow tonight. I wasn’t crazy about that fight, that was not my favorite fight of the night that’s for damn sure.”

White had his criticisms of Brunson as well, but the Strikeforce transfer accepted the bout only last week when Leben’s original opponent Karlos Vemola dropped out due to injury.

The UFC’s head honcho ultimately takes full responsibility for picking Leben’s fight to be on the main card, and he knows matchmaker Joe Silva will let him hear about it the next time they speak.

“Believe me Joe Silva will blame that one 100-percent on me,” said White.

As far as Leben’s future goes, White has no doubts that he’ll be back in the Octagon again in 2013, he just hopes he can show up more the next time than he did on Saturday night.

“Chris Leben loves to fight, there’s no doubt about that,” said White. “The biggest challenge in Chris Leben’s life is battling his own demons and we try to help him as much as we can, and like I said I love the kid, and I’m sure he’ll be back.”

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Georges St-Pierre Talks UFC Return, Dana White and Possible Comeback Opponents

  • 28 days ago
  • 110 views

Georges St-Pierre has reaffirmed his intention to make a full return to MMA and has hit back at suggestions from UFC President Dana White that he doesn’t have the desire to fight. The 35-year-old has read news >>

According to Alistair Overeem ‘CM Punk is Making a Mistake’ (UFC 203 Video)

  • 25 days ago
  • 58 views

Although Alistair Overeem welcomes CM Punk to the UFC, he believes that the former professional wrestler is making a mistake jumping into deep waters. read news >>

Dana White Says Robbie Lawler vs. Donald Cerrone Signed for UFC 205 in New York

  • 21 days ago
  • 48 views

Dana White says an exciting bout between Robbie Lawler and Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone has been inked for UFC 205 in New York. read news >>

UFC 202: Diaz vs. McGregor 2 Appears to Have Broken UFC PPV Record

  • 21 days ago
  • 60 views

The UFC 202: Diaz vs. McGregor 2 pay-per-view is trending to be the biggest grossing non-boxing event in pay-per-view history. read news >>

CM Punk, Legitimate Tough Guys and Predatory Matchmaking | FIGHTLAND

  • 21 days ago
  • 2 views

Photo by Stacy Revere/ Zuffa LLC Vince McMahon loves a tough guy. Always has, always will. There are two ways to win Vinny Mac over and advance your career in the WWE: one is to be a legitimately gif read news >>

Make Your UFC 203: Miocic vs. Overeem Fight Picks | MMAWeekly.com

  • 19 days ago
  • 9 views

Make your UFC 203: Miocic vs. Overeem main card picks for Saturday's pay-per-view event in Cleveland, Ohio. read news >>

Dana White on Mickey Gall Calling Out Sage Northcutt: ‘We’ll Make It Happen’ | MMAWeekly.com

  • 17 days ago
  • 51 views

After Mickey Gall called out Sage Northcutt following his win over CM Punk at UFC 203 on Saturday, Dana White says Northcutt is open to the bout. read news >>

Dana White Says No More Conor McGregor Fights at Welterweight | MMAWeekly.com

  • 16 days ago
  • 484 views

UFC president Dana White says a trilogy fight between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz is unlikely and that McGregor needs to defend his 145-pound title. read news >>

Will Dana White Still Run the UFC in 5 Years? | MMAWeekly.com

  • 15 days ago
  • 28 views

UFC president Dana White is under a five-year deal to remain with the company's new ownership. But what happens when the five years is up? read news >>

Conor McGregor Is the Biggest Draw in UFC History

  • 8 days ago
  • 8 views

The UFC has been a pay-per-view business since its inception, but it has never experienced a stretch of business as successful as it has in the last year. A company that broke the threshold of a mill read news >>