"Leben is a (expletive) warhorse. This guy comes in and he's either going to kill or be killed. He's either going to knock you out or get knocked out, that's just his style...Let's see what happens on Saturday. He's a kid that, no matter what he's doing, I want to keep him motivated, and make it so that every day when he gets out of bed he's a part of society, and has to have something to achieve or some goals. I always want that there for him. I don't even want to talk about cutting Chris Leben."
-- Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White discusses the status of middleweight Chris Leben going into one of the most important fights of his career against Andrew Craig on Saturday (July 6, 2013) at UFC 162. "The Crippler" enters the event on the heels of back-to-back losses (split up by a drug suspension), and a third consecutive loss would seriously damage his stock as a UFC-caliber mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter. While most athletes on the UFC roster would have to worry about being released with three-straight losses, White says he doesn't even want to discuss the possibility of axing one of the longest tenured fighters on his roster. Leben was part of the original season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) reality show that helped launch the organization into a new level of popularity, and it's entirely possible that while Leben isn't the fighter he once was, White has a special place in his heart for the 32-year-old much like Forrest Griffin, Stephen Bonnar, Kenny Florian, Diego Sanchez and all the rest of the TUF 1 cast.
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