It has become apparent there is not much left to “The Crippler's” career. He has been a valiant warrior for the sport that gave him an opportunity to change his life. Even those who dislike his style and attitude can tip their cap to Chris Leben for all he has accomplished inside the Octagon.
With all that said, Leben has not announced retirement yet. The 32-year-old may decide to give it one more go to prove he still has something to offer.
If he does, it will likely be as a fan-draw more than his working toward a title. Leben is essentially relegated to a gatekeeper or fan-requested fighter at this point. That includes fights outside his own division, either at catch weight or through the cut/gain of one competitor or the other.
But who is left for Leben to conquer before riding off into the sunset? Is there anyone who can be used as a first stepping stone to a miraculous amassing of momentum for one final push for contention?