"I was kinda doing the lone wolf thing out there in Hawaii. Again, I had some great coaches and everything, but not guys that were fighting on my level with me. Here, I'm just another fighter on the mat, and there's the camaraderie and everybody helping everybody out. Because a gym is more than the coaches; it's so much in the fighters, and as iron sharpens iron, so one man another. Every day I'm learning from Phil Davis; I just spent 45 minutes with Dominick Cruz working on my standup right now, and it's really impeccable training."
-- After a brutal fight against Derek Brunson on the UFC 155 main card, Chris Leben was in need of a change. "The Crippler," a veteran of 20 UFC fights over the course of an 11 year mixed martial arts (MMA) career had spent the last few year holed up in Hawaii in his own gym. Leben tells UFC.com that his big change was a decision to pull anchor and head to California, settling down in San Diego where he's been training with Alliance MMA in advance of his upcoming (July 6, 2013) UFC 162 fight against Andrew Craig this weekend. Will the big change pay off, or can you not teach an old dog new tricks?