Former UFC middleweight Chris “The Crippler” Leben retired early this year after spending nearly a decade fighting inside the Octagon. The Ultimate Fighter season one contestant went on to put together a 12-10 run in the UFC winning six fight night bonuses in the process. Despite 22 fights in pro MMA’s premiere organization and all the bonuses he’d won, Leben posted on Twitter today that the UFC left him “broken with nothing” and he wished he’d been a truck driver instead.
I wish I would’ve drove truck last 10yrs, then at least is have insurance to see a counselor. Ufc left me broken with nithing
— Chris Leben (@cripplerufc) February 16, 2014
At one time “The Crippler” was en route to a shot at the UFC middleweight title, but a title elimination bout against a debuting Anderson “The Spider” Silva put a stop to that, and Leben was never able to find that same level of success again in the UFC.
Despite never getting that title shot, Leben holds memorable wins over the likes of Wanderlei Silva, Yoshihiro Akiyama, Aaron Simpson, Terry Martin, Jorge Rivera and Patrick Cote. Leben was on a four-fight skid when he announced his retirement in January.
Two hours after posting the above Tweet, Leben announced that his dog had passed away and that he “f*cking lost it” and to “please disregard” the previous tweet.
I lost my dog and fucking lost it! Sorry please disregard my prev tweet! He was a family member:(
— Chris Leben (@cripplerufc) February 17, 2014
Pics of the little guy:
Sorry for your loss Crippler.