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

Dana White Admits UFC Created Women's 145 Division for Cris Cyborg | MMAWeekly.com

  • 18 days ago
  • 38 views

UFC president Dana White has admitted that he created the women's featherweight division for Cris Cyborg. Now that she's on the sidelines, what comes next? read news >>

Jorge Masvidal says Demian Maia turned down fight. The good news? Neil Magny is his huckleberry

  • 18 days ago
  • 52 views

UFC President Dana White on Tuesday said after Nick Diaz turned down a rematch with ex-champ Robbie Lawler, he planned to make a fight between Diaz and welterweight contender Demian Maia.Filed under: read news >>

Dana White on ex-UFC champ Ronda Rousey's future: I 'think she's probably done'

  • 19 days ago
  • 179 views

We may have seen the last of former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey in the cage.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Ronda Rousey's Future with UFC Commented on by Dana White on 'UFC Unfiltered'

  • 19 days ago
  • 47 views

Following consecutive decisive losses, UFC President Dana White believes Ronda Rousey may never again step foot inside the Octagon. On the latest episode of UFC.com's UFC Unfiltered (h/t Dann Stupp o read news >>

UFC boss Dana White watched Ortiz-Sonnen at Bellator 170 – and 'there's no way in hell' it was fixed

  • 18 days ago
  • 120 views

We’re 10 days removed from Tito Ortiz’s submission of Chael Sonnen in his retirement fight at Bellator 170, and there’s still just a little bit of talk left over for it. Filed under: Bellator, Featur read news >>

UFC Fight Night Bermudez vs. Korean Zombie Betting Preview, Odds Analysis

  • 18 days ago
  • 5 views

There has typically been a pay-per-view event on Super Bowl weekend, but this year MMA bettors will be treated to a free UFC Fight Night card televised on FOX Sports 1 from Houston’s Toyota Center th read news >>

UFC President Dana White on 'TUF 8' winner: 'Bellator is a good place for Ryan Bader'

  • 16 days ago
  • 239 views

HOUSTON – The most tenured light heavyweight fighter in UFC history officially will be taking his talents elsewhere. Filed under: Bellator, News, UFC read news >>

Dana White: UFC Fight Night 104 winner Jessica Andrade next for champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk

  • 14 days ago
  • 12 views

Jessica Andrade earned the next crack at undefeated UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk with a dominant win over Angela Hill at UFC Fight Night 104.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

UFC Fight Night 104 winner Ricardo Lucas Ramos thankful for previous encounters with Dana White

  • 13 days ago
  • 5 views

One year after his first professional loss, an optimistic Ricardo Lucas Ramos celebrates a victorious UFC debut: “In a short time, I’ll be at the top of the (bantamweight) division.”Filed under: Feat read news >>

Nick Diaz Turned Down Rematch with Robbie Lawler | MMAWeekly.com

  • 18 days ago
  • 47 views

UFC president Dana White offered Nick Diaz a fight against former welterweight champion Robbie Lawler and Diaz turned down the fight. read news >>