While his coach won't blame the flu for "crippling" his pupil, his post on The Underground suggests it certainly played a part in Leben's second career TKO loss:
First, great job by Brian Stann. He never looked better. Many have commented that Chris was very slow and looked off last night. The truth is that Chris was sick. He had a fever and chills when he stepped into the cage. He was vomiting in the lockeroom before the fight, and after a hard warm up he didn't have a drop of sweat. Big heart to fight like that, but he was moving slow motion. He was very sharp in training. He will be back.
UFC 125: "Resolution" claimed many veterans last Saturday night (Jan. 1), Chris Leben included. The streaking middleweight was hoping to build off a stellar 2010 fight campaign against "The All American" and perhaps catapult himself into a high profile match-up against the likes of Wanderlei Silva or even a potential coaching gig on a future season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF). Have those opportunities been transferred to the resurgent Stann? Or does Leben still have plenty to offer fight fans in 2011 despite starting his new year off on the wrong foot?