After suffering his fourth straight loss under the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) banner at UFC 168 back on Dec. 28, 2013 to Uriah Hall, Chris Leben has decided to retire from mixed martial arts (MMA).
"The Crippler" failed to answer the bell for the second round (see it here) in Las Vegas, Nevada, after "Primetime" rocked him in the opening frame, giving Hall his first official win inside the Octagon.
And the victory couldn't have come at a better time.
Leben stopped by "The MMA Hour" earlier today (Jan. 20, 2014) to officially announce his retirement.
"Well, at that time, I was talking about the fight. But, you know what? I think that's pretty much it. As far as competing in the UFC, I may actually be done. It's been a fantastic, wonderful ride. I've landed more strikes than anybody out there. Definitely had some ups and downs, but I'm starting to realize that for me, it may be time to make that transition over away from competing and get more on the coaches side of things."
As far as fighting somewhere else other than UFC, the place he's called home for eight years, Leben says it just wouldn't make sense.
"If I'm not fighting in the UFC, I'm not fighting. I mean. bottom line, I've been with the UFC for now 10 years and I've really feel that I've grown with them. In this sport, you're either moving forwards or moving backwards. And I just can't imagine after having some many great fights with UFC stepping back to a smaller show or something like that it would be crazy. So yeah, I think I'm done."
Just to be clear and leave no doubt in the air, Leben later officially used the dreaded "R" word as he declared, "yes, I am officially retired from competing in MMA."
Hear from the man himself below:
"The Crippler" admitted that if he had the chance to do it all over again, he wouldn't have quit on the stool during his fight against Hall and would have let his coaches and trainers at Alliance MMA make the ultimate decision to let the fight keep going or throw in the towel.
A red-haired Leben landed inside the Octagon as one of the original members of the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) back in 2005 which included the likes of Josh Koscheck, Kenny Florian, Stephan Bonnar, Forrest Griffin and Diego Sanchez , just to name a few.
During his stint with UFC as a fan favorite due to his stand-and-bang mentality, Chris amassed an 11-10 record including wins over Patrick Cote, Yoshihiro Akiyama and Alessio Sakara. His most notable victory -- which also happened to be his last -- came against Wanderlei Silva, whom "The Crippler" knocked out in just 27 seconds at UFC 132 back in 2011.
His notable lows inside the Octagon include losses to former middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva, Michael Bisping and Mark Munoz. After his fights against "The Count" and "The Filipino Wrecking Machine," Leben tested positive for banned substances which lead to separate suspensions of nine and 12 months (details).
While he won't be fighting any more, Leben says he will now be on the coaching side of the sport as he will be the head coach of Victory gym in San Diego, California, revealing that he always though of himself of a "good" fighter but a "great" coach.
How about it Maniacs, what are your best memories of Leben inside the Octagon?