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Chris Leben blames 'ring rust' for UFC 155 loss to 'boring' Derek Brunson

Leben returned to action following a year long suspension to face Derek Brunson at UFC 155. After giving up a unanimous decision, Leben had some words about his performance and his opponent.


After a year long suspension following a failed drug test at UFC 138, TUF 1 veteran Chris Leben returned to action at UFC 155. Unfortunately for Leben, his return against Derek Brunson didn't go as well as he'd planned. An early Brunson takedown set the tone for how the fight would play out. While Leben's work from the bottom limited Derek's offensive output, he still gave up a clear decision when the final bell sounded.

Four days after the event, "The Crippler" took to Twitter to explain his performance:

Even though Leben's words may have the ring of a sore loser, I don't think many are clamoring for the next Derek Brunson fight after that performance. Regardless, picking up a win in your UFC debut, especially as a PPV opener, is paramount to putting on an exciting fight.