UFC 162: As Dana White ponders Chris Leben's future, 'Crippler' promises no relapse of past indescretions

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What does the future hold for Chris Leben? Unclear at this time, but at least we know what it doesn't hold.

Turns out that win over Andrew Craig wasn't in the bag after all.

Chris Leben failed to get the comeback victory in his Octagon return, which took place at the UFC 162 pay-per-view (PPV) event last Saturday night (July 6, 2013) from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, coming up short on the judges' scorecards by way of split decision.

"The Crippler" has now lost three in a row and four of five.

Whether or not The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 1 slugger remains employed has yet to be determined, as UFC President Dana White is mulling over Leben's future, perhaps favoring a decision that would be in the best interest of his fighter's longterm health.

From the UFC 162 post-fight press conference:

"His fight style isn't healthy for him, the way that he fights. He's getting up there in age, and the big layoffs don't help him either. I've got to figure out what I think will be best for him, which people hate when I say that and do that."

This is not uncharted territory, either.

The good news is Leben -- who has battled with addiction in the past -- has no plans to fall back on bad habits to ease the sting of his most recent loss, reassuring fans on Twitter that come hell or high water, he's going to stay on the straight and narrow.

And losing tastes like shit.

"Well, didn't get the comeback story, but I promise you there will be no relapse story. Gonna stay strong and continue on the path ... Can't leave it up to judges. I of all people know that. Hats off to (Andrew Craig). My life is like a box of chocolate, except some of the pieces are filled with $h*t. LOL. Really, really wanted the W."

He wanted it and perhaps needed it.

UFC has been trimming the fat in recent months (example), and no one would be surprised to learn Leben was put out to pasture, perhaps for his own good. But has the hard-hitting veteran earned at least one more fight in the eyes of the fans?

That's for you to decide. How about it?


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