Open letter: Chris Leben thanks his fans, talks retirement and future

Longtime UFC middleweight scrapper Chris “The Crippler” Leben (22-11) announced his retirement from professional mixed martial arts competition on Monday. On Tuesday “The Crippler” took to Facebook to thank his supporters and let them know that he will still be involved in MMA, coaching and cornering young fighters out of Victory MMA & Fitness in San Diego.

Interview: K.J. Noons talks win over Evangelista and becoming a better all-around fighter caught up with the new and improved K.J. Noons this past Saturday night following his unanimous decision win over Billy Evangelista at “Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal”

Gabe Ruediger headlines Gladiator Challenge: Warriors on Wed., Feb. 4 in San Diego

Everyone’s favorite cake-eater from The Ultimate Fighter season 5, Gabe “Godzilla” Ruediger (11-5) will be fighting Nick “The Italian Stallion” Realle in the main event at GLADIATOR CHALLENGE: WARRIORS which takes place Wednesday, February 4, at the Casino Pauma in San Diego.

Nick Realle is coming off a dominating performance over Brad Ball at Gladiator Challenge: Revolution back in January while Ruediger is coming off two straight losses. Reudiger thinks he came back too soon from an injury in his last fight, was not fully prepared and considers this his “real” comeback as he tries to get on the winning side of things.

Also featured at “WARRIORS” will be a Gladiator Challenge Featherweight Title fight between the always-tough Darryl Montague and Robbie Peralta. Heavyweights, David Diaz and Jaime Sanders will lock horns, and well-known veteran William “The Bull” Sriyapai will take on George Sanchez in a welterweight bout. There are 14 fights scheduled for this event.

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WEC confirms remaining bouts for Jan. 25 card

The WEC (World Extreme Cagefighting) mixed martial arts promotion will hold its first ever San Diego event on Sunday, January 25, 2009 at the San Diego Sports Arena.

Headlining the card will be an explosive WEC Lightweight Championship bout between the champ, Jamie Varner and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. The co-main event will feature Jens Pulver in a rematch with former WEC Featherweight Champion, Urijah Faber.

WEC 38: VARNER vs. CERRONE will be televised live on VERSUS starting at 9pm EST/6pm PST. Tickets are available for purchase through the San Diego Sports Arena Box Office, online at or by calling Ticketmaster at 619-220-8497. Here is the complete Fight Card for WEC 38:

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