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Chris Leben vs. Andrew Craig set for UFC 162

Just like UFC 161, the bouts added to UFC 162 today have fighters looking for redemption after losses in their last bouts. The biggest name announced was Chris Leben, who wants to prove to fans he still can fight the way he used to despite a boring decision loss to Derek Brunson in his last bout. A failed drug test, a record of 1-3 in his last four fights, and another non-exciting performance could lead to Leben’s exit from the organization even though he has been with the promotion for 20 fights.

He will be facing Andrew Craig, who is a lot less experienced. Craig entered into the Octagon after only six professional fights, and he performed well until his third fight for the UFC. Ronny Markes took an unanimous decision over the Texas native, and the loss was the first of his career. Even though Leben is on a losing streak, a win over him will give Craig’s career a huge boost.

The other bout announced for the card pits Ultimate Fighter alum Seth Baczynski against Octagon newcomer Brian Melancon. This is Baczynski’s second stint in the UFC after a loss at the Ultimate Fighter 11 finale against Brad Tavares at middleweight. This prompted a move to 170 for the Arizona native, and the results were impressive. He won six straight fights, only one came by decision, and four of them came in the Octagon. He lost his last bout to top contender Mike Pierce by decision, but he has a chance to redeem himself against Melancon, who has not fought since September of 2011. He was fighting for Strikeforce before the extended layoff, but the prospect of fighting for the UFC must have pulled him back into MMA.

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