Retired MMA fighter Chris Leben was sentenced to 120 days in custody, and three years probation, in a San Diego courtroom today.
Leben, who is originally from Oregon and also resided in Hawaii during his eleven year MMA career, had entered a guilty plea to felony possession of an assault weapon, along with misdemeanor charges of vandalism and violating a restraining order, earlier this month.
According to local news sources, Leben is said to have been carrying several firearms (including a rifle which is considered an assault weapon, and generally illegal in the state) when he caused $3700 worth of damages to his estranged wife’s home.
Back in June, Leben’s wife Kaleena applied for a restraining order — reporting that Leben tried to break into her home through the front door, and then tried entering through the balcony.
She also reported that Leben threatened to kill her father. Leben is said to have broken in the following day.
Leben denied the charges in an interview with MMA Junkie earlier this year.
“The fact of the matter was I was trying to move out,” Leben said. “The stress of law school was getting to her, and she was physically and emotionally abusive to me.”
Chris Leben was a staple of UFC events from 2005 to 2013, appearing in 22 bouts for the organization — as well as the milestone first season of The Ultimate Fighter.
That show introduced the world to Leben’s wild antics, including one memorable segment which included a drunken rampage which saw him charge through a cast mate’s door.
But he also revealed himself a talented fighter. His career wins include a first round knockout of Wanderlei Silva, and a triangle choke submission over Yoshihiro Akiyama.
Leben will begin his sentence on Sept 21.