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Chris Leben: Evolution of an Icon

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Not long ago we wrote about the surprisingly well-done Chris Leben video from Icon Sport. Now the first episode is out, and while Leben himself is no Aristotle he does seem to be more mature than the Leben who KO’d doors on “The Ultimate Fighter”. Around the 4:00 mark talk turns to Michael Bisping, and then Leben describes it as “the fight that needs to happen”. That might be overstating it a bit, but at the very least it’s a fight that would be cool if it really happened this time.

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that one guy- August 24, 2008 at 11:26 pm
I don't care how tuff or how good of a fighter Leben is. The reason why people think he's a punk and a b**** is because of his attitude, plain and simple.

He may have matured, but he has absolutely no class whatsoever. He needs to be fed multiple servings of humble pie and even then, I doubt it would make much difference.

Leben can mature all he wants, but you can't take the punk attitude and lack of class out of him, it's in his blood, it defines who he is. Nonetheless, change is possible, he simply needs to genuinely care and do it from within with effort on his own part.

If I didn't know any better, I'd say he's just trailer park white trash and will be for life, however, I sincerely hope he changes himself for the better, gets some class and respect for others, and be a positive asset to the MMA community not just as a fighter, but as a decent human being as well.

We can all better ourselves, and Leben is no different, I just hope he truly does it.
Anonymous- July 18, 2008 at 1:26 am
chris leben is the man what fight have you seen that was a boreing fight and tard eyes are you kidding me what a retarded comment that wastell him that to his face
MMANewbExpert- July 15, 2008 at 6:50 pm
I think this is the 4th time I've heard Leben talk about how much he's changed and matured. He says it during the promos for every one of his fights. He even talked about it during TUF after he lost. Granted everyone continues to grow and mature through their life but he always references the "immature" person he was before so apparently it was always just a lie.

Hopefully it's true this time but there are only so many times you're allowed to say that you're "nothing like the punk you were before" and still have people care...
Dr.- July 15, 2008 at 5:55 pm
Bisping will outsmart Leben? Bisping would have gotten his ass handed to him by Silva if that fight happened (or if it does happen). Look at most guys that have fought Silva - he makes them look bad. First Franklin fight was embarrassing. Leben learned from the Silva loss. When Bisping loses or should have lost a decision (Matt H), he thinks the other was lucky or he dominated. He learns nothing but gets cockier.

I want Leben to smash Bisping's face in. He will.
Ram Maramba- July 15, 2008 at 5:23 pm
OBaI, I'm too lazy to reload the video here at work, but I'm willing to bet it's his mouthpiece...
Old, Bald and Irish- July 15, 2008 at 4:30 pm
What's with the guy "training" at the 2:26 mark with a Blutooth in his ear? WTF! Leben shoulda slapped that outta his ear....

Paul Barton: GO PENN STATE!
Crumpet Salesman- July 15, 2008 at 4:16 pm
I want to see Bisbing get his face smashed.

Good would never think this was the same Chris Leben after the TUF.

I would rather see Leben and Crothcheck battle it out..
Count Chocula- July 15, 2008 at 4:14 pm
I hate Bisbing almost as much as I hate Nate Quarry. But..I think Bisbing is going to destroy Leben. Leben will probably use the same technique as he tried against Silva (no technique..just punch him hard) but Bisbing will easily outsmart him.
rampage's arresting officer- July 15, 2008 at 3:55 pm
I really didn't like him, but his fights are always entertaining thats what the ufc needs at the moment
Mr. Bob Dobalina- July 15, 2008 at 3:23 pm
For someone I couldn't stand on TUF 1, Leben has really changed his mindset and matured.

Kudos to him. I might actually be a fan now.
Anonymous- July 15, 2008 at 3:14 pm
I never noticed that Leben has 'tard eyes before.