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Chris Leben’s Coach Tries to Excuse The Crippler’s Loss Against Brian Stann Saturday Night

("Damn, those NyQuil shooters Chuck bought me last night seemed like a good idea at the time." Photo props ESPN.)

Remember in grade school when your team would win a game of baseball at recess and without fail there was one shlub who would say that the winning run didn’t count because the sun was in his eyes or the batter didn’t touch second base?

Well Chris Leben‘s shlub is Burton Richardson, the head trainer at the Ultimate Training School in Hawaii who claims that "The Crippler" had a fever and chills and was vomiting in the locker room in the hours leading up to his UFC 125 fight with Brian Stann.

Richardson posted the following excuse explanation on’s underground forum:

"First, great job by Brian Stann. He never looked better. Many have commented that Chris was very slow and looked off last night. The truth is that Chris was sick. He had a fever and chills when he stepped into the cage. He was vomiting in the lockeroom before the fight, and after a hard warm up he didn’t have a drop of sweat. Big heart to fight like that, but he was moving slow motion. He was very sharp in training. He will be back."

He couldn’t just congratulate Brian, say that Chris had an off night and that he will be back leave it at that. He had to take away from a stellar performance by Stann by blaming Leben’s second career knockout on illness.

Funny how Leben hasn’t mentioned anywhere that he was sick.

I think a new Cage Potato ban is in order. It’s not like he had a cracked skull or anything.

Richardson tried to further explain his original post by saying that it wasn’t an excuse why his fighter lost and that Stann should be commended, but reiterated that’s why Leben looked slow and why he dropped his hands.

"Yes, credit Stann for a great performance. I have been working Chris’s defense and he looked great in camp. Hands high, very hard to hit. He reverted to instinct last night. Big props to Stann.

My post was clear to many, but for the others, allow me to elucidate.
1. people were wondering why Chris looked slow and "off". I provided them with the reason.
2. I didn’t say that this was the reason for the loss. Stann was amazing and may have won anyway. Good job by Brian.
3. If I had said "chris lost because he was sick", that would have been an excuse and would have been unwarranted.

Chris is banged up, still battling the flu, but is in good spirits. Thanks for the support."

If I was Richardson, I’d be more worried that the attention the gym will get thanks to his explanation will lead to the Ultimate Fight School getting a cease and desist order from Zuffa for copyright infringement.

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myklhoey- January 3, 2011 at 5:11 pm
@rwilsonr and mt
someone changed my scrren ame wit out me noticin, it deff aint pedoifile, i dont think thats cool to joke about, but ya man, good looks
ccman- January 3, 2011 at 3:39 pm
Otherwise if sensitive did I let her run up my water bill to wash the little ccmen outta her hair? Nope. Your trailor\efficiency has a shower. Let em fester and remind you a while longer why this is not a womans world. Maybe one of the little fuckers will teach you math or the infield fly rule. Call it a blessing disguised as a reason to use your 200 dollar detangler.
ccman- January 3, 2011 at 3:34 pm
The tip of my cock is sensitive immediately after if that means anything to the 'i care' bunch.

Otherwise I call it as I see it. Right or wrong its my little universe. And in it I am god. In most of the peeps here's universe I would become the invading horde. Bitches.
fatbellyfrank- January 3, 2011 at 3:24 pm
@ CCman, just takin a wild guess here, you dont consider yourself a sensitive new age man or metrosexual do ya, keep the flag flyin bro, comments like "You were the target du joir and are the way of the dodo the second my dna is off your face."
that is fucken poetry dude, muthafucken poetry, I suspect like many of us here you consider yourself a Caring Unselfish Nice Type where the ladies are concerned, stay true bro, stay true

RwilsonR- January 3, 2011 at 2:41 pm
Nice translation mt59801. Some say it's a dying language, but I guess not.
RwilsonR- January 3, 2011 at 2:38 pm
Wow pedophile! You speak completely unaccented Baroni.

Although, you threw Penn under the bus at the end, so you're A-Okay in my book.
ccman- January 3, 2011 at 2:29 pm
Thank you fat ass muthafuka frank......

Cp writers turning leben into an excuse machine makes them suck like this bitch right here thinking my empty 3 bedrooms need her womb to fill. You were the target du joir and are the way of the dodo the second my dna is off your face.
Bandito- January 3, 2011 at 2:23 pm
Leben gets a DWI during training camp and we're supposed to believe he had a great camp and looked sharp??! Frankly, him looking "off", after the news of the DWI, didn't suprise me a bit.
fatbellyfrank- January 3, 2011 at 2:12 pm
No, NO NO NO NO NO The Crippler takes his losses like a man and doesnt need anyone to come up with Tito style whiny ass bitch excuses, the crippler will return better than ever, just a tiny blip on his radar, nothing to see here
mt59801- January 3, 2011 at 1:57 pm
Fuck this is the pride merger all over again! WEC wasn't strikeforce , just because you haven't seen someone fight doesn't mean they can't(sonnen) WEC had a lot of talent and this shouldn't have been a surprise. Pre-fight I honestly thought the odds were even on this one, Leben will always get the W for personality but both guys are known to come throwing often and hard. Maybe he was really sick, maybe that punch hit him so fucking hard that the moment of impact was able to travel back in time, actually ringing Leben's bell before the actual for thought brotatos.

Pedo...... let me translate for you

Wow pedophile!(ayo pedo!) You speak completely unaccented Baroni.(damm yo that flo is sic yo)

Although, I you threw Penn under the bus at the end, so you're A-Okay in my book.(shit biatch fo a sec I wuz thinkin' "he so crazy!" an SN@P ya all up in penn's shit like a marlboro in prison so damm yo we like all cool n shit now)
ccman- January 3, 2011 at 1:13 pm
I might agree with mlk except I didn't understand a word he\she wrote. Damn you college education...damn you to hell.
myklhoey- January 3, 2011 at 1:01 pm
who eva rote this artical is a fag, ad neva fot or played anything physical, so dude comes up wit a reason why chris got koed, and all ov a sudden its a excuse,
were u there u piece of shit, whos to say if dude did the knockin put, he woodnt hav said afta wit rogan, " ya man i almost didnt fite cause i been sik all day"
shut ur pie hole, did he make one wen he lost to silva, no it aint a mo wit him like it is wit penn, so blow ur worthless head off
ccman- January 3, 2011 at 1:01 pm
I get the history of being a drunk but I honestly said 15 seconds in that leben looked off. I also get I am on the king of the "we hate success stories because the bulk of posters are such losers winners remind us how fucked we are" sites..... yet again. No way I believe stann is that sharp and carries the power that fight showed.

Career saver
Whatever. What I know is I truly know leben would lose a kidney and still show up and brawl. Losing a fight and dumped makes us the worst fans in sports, and the same bandwagon asshats still swing fron 'i am gonna dump my prime years and pretend its m~1's doing" fedor ball sack crabs will follow this article in hopes of ben sending them swag they won't wear cuz their fat asses lied about size and left the basement apartment letter off the address.

Leben wowed us 2x last year... give him his first ever, especially since most of you call in with the sniffles.
Peppered 2 Death- January 3, 2011 at 12:54 pm
Where on earth did you find the line at -600 for Leben??? Please tell me so I can now do all of my online gambling through it. I put money on Stann at +150 with the thoughts of RwR. How could Leben not do something stupid?
Koeikan- January 3, 2011 at 12:28 pm
I said from the beginning the line on this fight as retarded (-600 Leben). Leben throws hard looping hooks. Stann throws hard straight punches, something that always has (and most likely will) give Leben problems. I didn't think Stann would honestly finish him, but I expected him to win the majority of the exchanges.

Leben clearly didn't think Stann was on the same level as him leading up to the camp:
~"I don't think he could punch his way out of a wet paper bag.",
~"I beat Akiyama. He gets Bisping and I get Stann.",
~"I have more fights in the UFC than he has total."
etc, etc

He just thought Stann couldn't hurt him and paid the price. At the very worst, Leben though he could just go zombie mode. It's a pretty lame excuse for a first round finish. If he gassed out, perhaps...

Anyway, great showing for Stann.
Deadpanda- January 3, 2011 at 11:51 am
Well, it's funny to think about but I doubt Leben went drinking the night before a fight. Let alone that he is coming off of a DUI pick up. I mean, people would have seen him out if he was hamming it up on New Years. You think TMZ would miss his drunk ass at a bar in Vegas?

So unless he had a party in his Hotel room I'd say that a flu would make sense. Course if he did go out drinking, he's dumber than War Machine (who ranks pretty high up on this list based on his name alone, forget about the jail time) and will be out of a job soon.
Lysol- January 3, 2011 at 11:27 am
RwR for the win!
MyDonkeyPunch- January 3, 2011 at 10:49 am
I'm thoroughly convinced that Mr. Leben has been poisoned! Yup, you heard me correctly. Yes, it may have been by himself and possibly through the assistance of Sea Breezes but he's been poisoned none-the-less.
BONGTAR- January 3, 2011 at 10:41 am
@ RwilsonR, you had me looking like a psycho at work walking around laughing out of nowhere at your post. I said the exact same thing on fight night. I couldn't believe that dude was in Vegas for NYE. its all in the delivery, and that was spot on. Good form.
ReX13- January 3, 2011 at 10:38 am
RwR wins this round....
mikelphone- January 3, 2011 at 10:32 am
I would go with that he was sick...

Leben was moving like shit and was so slow throwing punches.

Didn't seem like he was all there from the beginning...
I mentioned it to my friends at the beginning of the fight.

slowest punches ever...

El Guapo- January 3, 2011 at 10:24 am
Viva... Put me down for 5 squares, por favor."Do you believe in miracles??" No, no I don't. Make it 10 squares.

Also, I had a fever and chills and was vomiting on New Year's Day, too. Leben must've had a few Jack and Cokes, few beers, shot of Patron or two, Mystery Drank, more beer and little herb, too. We're two of a kind, the Crippler and I.
omunto- January 3, 2011 at 10:05 am
haha give RwR a shirt for that golden nugget of a post...
KINGMADE- January 3, 2011 at 10:05 am
Why couldn't he just say that Chris was hungover...
Canadian Chronic- January 3, 2011 at 9:52 am

driving w/ the flu, too funny.