UFC 116 Results: Chris Leben Delivers Career Defining Performance

Greg ParfittCorrespondent IJuly 4, 2010

Chris 'The Crippler' Leben was victorious over Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 116 in Las Vegas in easily the biggest win of his career. 

Fighting only two weeks after a huge win over Aaron Simpson at the Ultimate Fighter Season 11 Finale, Leben took the fight to 'Sexyama' and got the win at 4:40 of round three via triangle choke. 

The two Middleweight fighters exchanged big shots in a standup contest throughout the co-main event of tonight's action. 

Akiyama likely won the first round as he exchanged well with Leben on the feet before landing a couple of takedowns during the round that likely secured it for him on the judges score cards. 

In the second Akiyama began to tire and Leben began to land big shots that rocked his Asian opponent. By the third both fighters were exhausted and all game plans had gone out the window.

The fight eventually hit the mat late in third with Akiyama landing in Leben's guard. 'The Crippler' worked hard and managed to sinch in the guillotine for the biggest victory in his career late in the round.

Akiyama was a tough and highly ranked opponent for Leben and the win puts the former Ultimate Fighter right in the mix in the Middleweight Division.

This win for Leben is even more impressive when you consider that he only fought two weeks ago against a previously undefeated fighter in Aaron Simpson. 

With three wins in a row and two wins in two weeks against ranked fighters, Leben has had a huge fortnight.

Leben has to be ranked in the top 10 now amongst the UFC 185lbs fighters. 

One thing is for sure since he moved to Hawaii, Leben's attitude, physique and abilities all seem to have taken a significant turn for the better and with that his place in the Division has risen.

UFC 116 will live long on the memory for Leben fans.

'The Crippler' is now right back amongst the divisions elite.

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