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Chris Leben: The Origin Story


(Props to MMA Mania)

We like to rag on fuckups like Junie Browning and Jesse Taylor for their ridiculous drunken antics, lack of impulse control, and apparent urge to piss away every chance that’s given to them in an endless quest toward self-destruction. But in general, being a violent, alcoholic jackass is a result of some kind of unresolved psychic torment that booze temporarily erases. Monday’s UFC 89 Countdown: Bisping vs. Leben special detailed the upbringing of TUF‘s original hard-drinking hothead, Chris Leben. It seems that everybody in Chris’s family was a drinker, from the father who abandoned him to the mother who tried to support him and his two siblings with her bartending job — and the lack of supervision, stability, and positive role models through his childhood didn’t exactly shape him into the world’s most balanced person.

Other things we learn about Chris Leben in this video: He couldn’t read or write when he graduated high school. He went AWOL from the Army after being convinced by a recruiter — falsely, it turned out — that he could enlist just to be on their wrestling team. Losing to Anderson Silva sent him on a two-week bender. Excluding boot camp and jail, he’d never been sober for more than a week or two straight since he was 13, but at the time of Leben’s interview for the special, he was 89 days sober. And finally, he ain’t goin’ all the way to England to lose.

Comments

  1. Old, Bald and Irish Says:

    Thu, 10/16/08 - 06:34


    WAR LEBEN! If he can focus all his past demons right onto Bisping's head, there ain't no way he'll lose this fight. 89 days sober? He didn't do that just to lose. My money's on Leben.
  2. Chris Leben Says:

    Thu, 10/16/08 - 07:08


    COME ON BISPING!!!!
  3. C-Bus Allstar Says:

    Thu, 10/16/08 - 07:17


    I'm with OBI on this one.. And you can say that I'm buying into this whole "Rebirth" bullshit, but I know what it takes to go sober after being that deep in a bottle, and I know that he's probably counted every single hour of every single one of those 89 days. I have no doubts in my mind that we're going to see an entirely new Chris Leben in Great Britain.. And my money's on Leben over Bisping via TKO (strikes to the face), something like 3 minutes into round 1.
  4. Eveboy420 Says:

    Thu, 10/16/08 - 07:24


    Gotta agree with old guy there no hope Lebens losing this one i say KO for Leben in the 2nd
  5. Hebrew Hammerfist Says:

    Thu, 10/16/08 - 07:32


    As much as people want to believe the whole "changed man" stuff isn't true, I just can't agree with them. After reading Kelly Crigger's book, I now have a much more open outlook to fighters and their percieved personalities, especially when they are thrown into the mass media spotlight.
  6. KG Says:

    Thu, 10/16/08 - 08:19


    I want to see Chris Leben's life continue to positively change... he needs this win more than anything, and I know he will destroy Bisping.
  7. ufc fan Says:

    Thu, 10/16/08 - 09:40


    all u leben lovers r gona hear from me when bisping tkos this homo.he gona be drinking again after this fight crying outside his house that has no doors.and his dad was one ugly peice of ginger shit 2 also dan hardy is gona kill that slope
  8. TopAthlete Says:

    Thu, 10/16/08 - 10:06


    @ufc fan - stfu u stupid bisping cock sucker we are not big fans of leben we just want to see that stupid ass bad enlgish talking fagget bisping who fucking sucks and hasn't even been in real heat to get KTFO.
  9. none Says:

    Thu, 10/16/08 - 10:26


    WAR LEBEN!!?
  10. lebens left hand Says:

    Fri, 10/17/08 - 02:10


    WAR LEBEN
  11. Olie Says:

    Fri, 10/17/08 - 02:08


    TopAthlete: "stupid ass bad enlgish[sic] talking fagget[sic] bisping[sic]". Do you recognise the irony in that statement!? Ha. Bisping will win. Stronger and better all round game. Bisping will win standing up or on the ground. I'm sure it will be a good fight, if I am lead to believe this born again Leben bollocks.
  12. topmathlete when yr balls drop u will be blind dickhead Says:

    Fri, 10/17/08 - 03:37


    top athlete u suck ginger penis and yr mum licks windows.and u say we are not fans of leben like u no everyone that posts here personally.yr telling me u hate bisping because the ufc hasn't picked him better oppenents.looking at yr post i think an english man scutled yr fat mum when she was pregnant with u and he deformed yr head with his cock and yr bitter cos yr face looks like a slaped arse ha ha u mengi bastard bisping tko late 2nd.and i could think more reasons to hate leben u pakistan lovin mcdonalds munching sweetcorn eater
  13. BISPING 1 HATERS 0 Says:

    Sat, 10/18/08 - 07:25


    WHATS UP NAWWWWW CAN U FEEL THAT CAN U FEEEEEL IT HUH.SUCK MY DICK SUCK MY MOTHER FUCKING DICK WOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. TOPMATHLETE WHATS UP NAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW STICK YR PREDECTIONS UP YR BAGY FAT ARSE WHILE I STICK THE 20NY I WON BETTING ON BISPING IN YR MUMS MOUTH WHILE I PUMP HER UP HER ARSE OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN AND STILL CHANGE FELL FROM HER CUNT.WHATS UP NAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW
  14. bisping haters Says:

    Sat, 10/18/08 - 07:28


    damn you
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