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UFC Quick Quote: 'Sober' and 'dedicated' Chris Leben still open to catchweight fight against Josh Koscheck

This old dog still has a few new tricks, thanks to his ability to conquer an addiction to drugs and alcohol. But would a former foe be interested in settling an old score?


"Yes, absolutely I would take a catchweight fight with Koscheck. It would stop everybody that has been saying to me every day since the show came out, 'When are you going to get a rematch with Koscheck? I hate him! I wish you would beat his ass!' That alone would make it worth it. As for the last of us to retire, I'm not sure, but truthfully, I hope it's not me. I feel I'm at the top of my game right now. My technique and body feel better than they ever have. I would like to compete a few more years and see just how far I can go with my new sobriety and dedication to growing as a martial artist. Then, I'm out. I'm not trying to be a Randy Couture or Dan Henderson, fighting when I got grandkids. LOL."

It has been over eight years since Chris Leben lost a unanimous decision to Josh Koscheck on the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), a defeat that still resonates with "Crippler" fans who demand a rematch. "Kos" has since dropped to welterweight, but Leben tells Jack Brown he would be open to settling their score at a catchweight, unless he moves on to bigger and better things with a win over Andrew Craig at the UFC 162 pay-per-view (PPV) event next month in Las Vegas, Nevada. Despite fighting out of an 0-2 hole, the Oregonian has already returned to the win column after defeating his addiction to drugs and alcohol (details here). How far can a new and improved "Crippler" go in the promotion's stacked 185-pound division? We'll find out, or at least get some inkling, on July 6 in "Sin City."

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