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Excuse Watch: Chris Leben Had the Ol’ Gummi Bear Poops Before Fight With Brian Stann


(“Oh God, why did I chug that gallon of Pop Rocks and coke before the fight?” Photo courtesy of ESPN)

Heading into his highly anticipated face-off with Wanderlei Silva tomorrow night at UFC 132, Chris Leben was bound to hear the inevitable question about his last performance against Brian Stann: What went wrong? After all, Leben went into that match with the momentum of an impressive three-fight win streak, and wound up getting flattened within one round. Well, the explanation is simple, and it’s so perfectly Chris that all you can do is nod in sympathy. As he tells Ben Fowlkes:

I ate a bunch of candy, dude. I’m not lying…I didn’t eat sugar for like two months. Then after I made weight I went and bought gummy bears and chocolate and ice cream, and I ate that. My body hadn’t had sugar, so I was backstage puking, sh—ing and puking when I was on-deck for that fight. That’s not a lie; that’s the truth. And Brian Stann fought an amazing fight, but hindsight’s 20/20. No gummy bears for me this fight.”

Hey, we’ve all been there before, right? I mean, certainly not in our adult lives, but as eight-year-olds on Halloween, yeah we could have totally related to that. Anyway, it’s a good thing that Leben is one of those guys who never, ever repeats his mistakes.

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Koeikan- July 2, 2011 at 11:46 am
why the f was my comment deleted?
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GistoftheFist- July 1, 2011 at 8:03 pm
At least he didn't eat Hermes' famous jerked prunes. He calls them Caribbean Draino.
Lavacon- July 1, 2011 at 6:55 pm
Even if I ate 10 Lbs of Gummies,starburst & skittles until I shat where I ate.... I wouldn't be bringing it up... Could have easily said... weight cut was balls... shat a fruit by the foot... Got tired... I'll work on my cardio...
GrandShamrock- July 1, 2011 at 6:45 pm
He's an idiot, he had his hands down, when he got rocked he went swinging, hand down again, for more punishment, gummy bears had nothing to do. He doesn't know how to fight smart, he looked like a rookie deserving that KO.
RSparrow- July 1, 2011 at 3:52 pm
Tons of gummy bears and ice cream before fighting a crazy marine, you stupid red haired fuck!?
parchy mcthirst- July 1, 2011 at 1:26 pm
They better have been Haribo Goldären because they are the fucking best
El Guapo- July 1, 2011 at 10:42 am
^Meaning, of course, The Crippler was f'kd either way..
El Guapo- July 1, 2011 at 10:41 am
"Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker." -Willy Wonka
mDino- July 1, 2011 at 10:11 am
well leben, you officially out-scummed chael sonnen and tito ortiz with that excuse.
Fried Taco- July 1, 2011 at 10:05 am
And this is the back of Leben's walkout shirt!
Fried Taco- July 1, 2011 at 10:02 am
Just wait until Leben sees this gift basket in his room before the fight, with a card signed "Love, Wandy".
Douchey McDoucherton- July 1, 2011 at 9:55 am
I figured Leben's loss was due to being arresting not long before the fight, but I do remember hearing about Leben being sick before and after the fight. On the other hand, I think this is a really bad fight for Wand, the long lay off and paper chin will not be good for him.
ArmFarmer- July 1, 2011 at 9:47 am
I didnt know candy could cause you to leave your hands at your waist inbetween winging sloppy telegraphed haymakers from a mile away... Maybe leben should watch that fight a couple times before he goes blaming sweets for his loss.
Morningwood- July 1, 2011 at 9:44 am
knowing Leben likes gummy bears explains his hair color.
bobdobalina- July 1, 2011 at 9:21 am
How anyone tried the miniature gummy bears at the sweet factory or at your local grocery store. Their like Haribo, but denser. Knuckles is correct: ”Candy with a defense mechanism = bad ass.”
KeithHackneyWindmillPalmStrike- July 1, 2011 at 9:16 am
There are few feelings worse in this world than being in the middle of a fight and having the Green Apple Splats sneak up on you
Payday- July 1, 2011 at 9:15 am
Eating sugar free Gummi Bears is like drinking non-alcoholic beer - what's the point of either?
jimbonics- July 1, 2011 at 9:14 am
See, Irish knows what's up.
jimbonics- July 1, 2011 at 9:14 am
True story: Don't eat sugar-free gummy bears in mass quantities. You will most certainly shit yourself, or your couch cushions, which shrink considerably when washed.
NotReadyStatus- July 1, 2011 at 9:12 am
Wow. I love those rare occasions when the excuse leaves you looking stupider than the loss.
irish brawler- July 1, 2011 at 9:03 am
@rwilsonr i happen to know for fact that the sugar free gummy bears will leave you on hershey highway
El Famous Burrito- July 1, 2011 at 9:01 am
This is the best article I've read all week.
Stak40- July 1, 2011 at 8:55 am
Knuckle-"Candy with a defense mechanism = bad ass." That my good samitch is some true, and funny shit!!
knucklesamitch- July 1, 2011 at 8:49 am
@Stak40,

I 2nd that. Haribo are awesome. Plus they fool retards into thinking they're old/stale because they aren't soft like the typical gummy bear. Candy with a defense mechanism = bad ass.
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