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Getting Over Your Aversion to Rematches in MMA, Part 2: Chris Leben

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Who's the winningest fighter in UFC middleweight history?  "Jesus," you might be muttering to yourself, "what a stupid question.  Maybe it's the undefeated holder of the longest title reign in UFC history?  The guy that, whether he's clowning around for 25 minutes, front-kicking his opponents into oblivion in the first, or getting flat-out dominated before pulling off a beautiful Hail Mary submission in the fifth, always seems to come out on top?  Yeah, I'm going to go with the same fighter that tops most P4P lists and destroyed a former LHW champion in his second bout at the weight class - Anderson Silva.  Subo, you're done it again."

Here, we're going to define winningest as "the most wins" (Anderson's 1.000 win percentage in the UFC is both absurd and unassailable).  By that metric?  Andy's second.  And first place belongs to "The Crippler".

Yes, Chris Leben, he of TUF infamy and zombie combat lore.  While any comparison between Leben and Silva normally begins and ends with Anderson's shellacking of the former in 49 seconds, both men stand atop the division's history - and two of the sport's defining statistics, wins and knockouts - with Leben slightly edging out the champion in both categories (Leben has 12 wins at 185 in the UFC to Silva's 11, and 7 KO/TKO finishes to Anderson's 6).  Yes, Anderson's dominant performances over James Irvin and Forrest Griffin aren't included in this metric, but the fact remains that no one in UFC history has had their hand raised after a middleweight bout more than Chris Leben.

Over at HeadKickLegend - now under the watchful eye of Brent Ducharme, which is a name you need to learn if you give any kind of a shit about kickboxing - I go on to analyze Leben's potential place in the division if he can beat Mark Munoz, rip on the British (ie, KJ Gould) for bitching about that fight, and do some other stuff.  But really, I want to hear what you guys think about rematches in MMA.  They happen ALL THE TIME in kickboxing.  Yay?  Nay?

\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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