"There was a lot of pressure. My fight before that (against Rosholt) was a terrible performance on my part and going into the Jay Silva fight I knew that I needed to change things. I went out to Oregon for over a month, just buckled down, put my nose to the grindstone and trained hard, and it definitely showed when I went out there. When I perform at my best, I think I beat anybody. [Simpson] is a phenomenal athlete and he’s obviously accomplished a lot in his wrestling career. Obviously there are some holes in his game – wrestling is his number one attribute, he doesn’t move his head a ton and he’s a little bit heavy on his feet. It’s gonna be a great fight, and if I execute my game plan and perform the way that I know I can, I think I should take him out rather easily."
Original TUF guy Chris Leben returns to the Spike TV reality show finale to mix it up with fellow middleweight Aaron Simpson this Saturday night (June 19) in Las Vegas. "The Crippler" made a triumphant comeback against Jay Silva back in January to dig his UFC career at of an 0-2 hole. Both fighters are hovering in the middle of the pack in the 185-pound division but with a win at the TUF 11 Finale, one man could move up another place in the pecking order. Who ya' got?