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The Rise and Fall of Chris Leben.

Chris Leben is a fighter that you either love or hate.  He first came onto the national MMA scene on the inaugural season of TUF.  Throughout the season he was known the guy who actually finished the treadmill test (hung over) and the origional bad boy who introduced us all to the word spritz.

His UFC career can only be compared to a roller coaster.  He has experienced the joys and pitfalls that fighters typically face.  He has been near the top of the 185 pound division as well as the bottom of a steroid suspention.

His KO power is well respected among the other fighters in his division (but it don't always work). 

Leben actually fought in the WEC before he made the transition to TUF, he was 2-0 in the "baby" org with one of those being over MIke Swick. 

After TUF, Leben was a Fight Night staple.  He was a part of the first 6 Fight Night shows only losing once to arguably the baddest man on the planet, Anderson Silva.  Yes, the same that made Forrest Griffin run like Forrest Gump

This loss very well could have been the turning point in Leben's career.  Since that 2006 loss, he has lost more than he has won, going 3-4 in his last seven fights.  It could be said that the Silva lost messed Leben up mentally, and he was never able to recover.

The losses have been to Jason (I am no stepping stone) Macdonald, Kalib (running man) Starnes, Michael Bisping, and Jake Rosholt.

Could the best from Leben already be behind us?  What do you guys think?  Will the Spritzing, haymaker throwin, cocky guy from Oregan ever return to top form?

\The FanPosts are solely the subjective opinions of Bloody Elbow readers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Bloody Elbow editors or staff.

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