The Crippler is coming back, and according to Dana White he is slowly turning his life around again. Chris Leben has been known for letting his life spiral out of control. Whether it is drugs, steroids, or alcohol he has abused them all. The latest was painkillers which he was caught for in the first five round fight against Mark Munoz. Since that time he has just about finished a year long suspension, which will be over in November. In his return, he will face hulking Middleweight Karlos Vemola in what should be an exciting fight.
Karlos Vemola’s UFC career has been marred by weight cuts, losses, and some decent scraps. In his debut at heavyweight, he was defeated by Jon Madsen. Next, he dropped to 205 and finished ‘Kimbo killer’ Seth Petruzelli, but followed up with a loss to Ronny Markes. He has since dropped to 185 to make a change, but still went 1-1 in his next two fights. A loss against Leben may be the end of his career, but the same could possibly be said for Leben.
Leben’s career has had his ups and downs in just the fight game alone. After starting his career off at 5-0, he went 3-5 in his next eight fights which started off with a destructive loss to Anderson Silva. He started to turn things around by winning two fights in less than a month, and knocking out Wanderlei Silva the fastest he has ever been knocked out. TKO losses to Brian Stann and Mark Munoz have made him lose the luster of his once granite chin. Either wayt, we’re glad to have the exciting Leben back in the octagon.