UFC 168: Did Chris Leben Retire with This Tweet?

Dan HiergesellFeatured ColumnistDecember 30, 2013

Jul 6, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA;  Chris Leben during his Middleweight Bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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Blessed with concrete hands and an iron chin, UFC veteran Chris Leben has been one of the most entertaining Octagon fighters of all time.

Now while his 12-10 promotional record isn't mind blowing, it was Leben's ability to go toe-to-toe with anybody in the middleweight division that made him such a fan favorite.

But on the heels of his fourth straight loss and a slew of personal drug problems, "The Crippler" seems to have finally met his match.

It's unfortunate for fans who grew accustomed to seeing the 33-year-old tuck his chin, grit his teeth and swing for the fences, but the carnage was never going to last forever.

While his retirement from the cage isn't official, this recent Twitter post suggests Leben is most likely walking away:

As a mainstay in the middleweight division for over eight years, Leben has been one of the UFC's most consistent fighters.

He has served as a great ambassador for the sport throughout its prolific evolution, especially when it came to putting new top contenders to the test.

Now while some people will remember Leben for quitting against Uriah Hall this past Saturday at UFC 168, true fans will appreciate his appetite for brutality until the world turns post-apocalyptic.

In any case, the orange-haired bruiser has done enough over the years to be renowned as an everlasting name in mixed martial arts.


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