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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.


  1. Horsepower Says:

    Fri, 07/01/11 - 08:24

    Excuse of the year award goes to....
  2. Barnaby Jones Says:

    Fri, 07/01/11 - 08:25

    PC brand Chewy Bears > Gummy Bears anyway. What a noob.
  3. RwilsonR Says:

    Fri, 07/01/11 - 08:27

    Aren't gummy bears like mostly gelatin and not much sugar? I mean, they're kinda tasteless little things. They only have slightly more flavor than Jujy Fruits, those fucking things you hand back to the person trying to give them to you on Halloween. How much sugar could actually be in them?
  4. Fried Taco Says:

    Fri, 07/01/11 - 08:28

    What about those gummi bear vitamins? Would those count as a PED?
  5. Bare Grappler Says:

    Fri, 07/01/11 - 08:34

    Never could have seen a lack of nutrition being an issue for Leben. How much of a moron is he? If this were true, it makes him even dumber. Wrestlers know to lightly do it after a weigh in. How has natural selection not killed this guy off?
  6. Stak40 Says:

    Fri, 07/01/11 - 08:45

    Fuck that Haribo gummy bears are the shit.
  7. edhedicus Says:

    Fri, 07/01/11 - 08:47

    Leave this poor guy alone! He is a high level athlete who needs to fuel his body. We all make mistakes, and eating candy and gummi bears before a huge fight might be the dumbest fucking thing EVER... Wait, that didnt come out right...
  8. knucklesamitch Says:

    Fri, 07/01/11 - 08:49

    @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.
  9. Stak40 Says:

    Fri, 07/01/11 - 08:55

    Knuckle-"Candy with a defense mechanism = bad ass." That my good samitch is some true, and funny shit!!
  10. El Famous Burrito Says:

    Fri, 07/01/11 - 09:01

    This is the best article I've read all week.
  11. irish brawler Says:

    Fri, 07/01/11 - 09:03

    @rwilsonr i happen to know for fact that the sugar free gummy bears will leave you on hershey highway
  12. NotReadyStatus Says:

    Fri, 07/01/11 - 09:12

    Wow. I love those rare occasions when the excuse leaves you looking stupider than the loss.
  13. jimbonics Says:

    Fri, 07/01/11 - 09:14

    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.
  14. jimbonics Says:

    Fri, 07/01/11 - 09:14

    See, Irish knows what's up.
  15. Payday Says:

    Fri, 07/01/11 - 09:15

    Eating sugar free Gummi Bears is like drinking non-alcoholic beer - what's the point of either?
  16. KeithHackneyWindmillPalmStrike Says:

    Fri, 07/01/11 - 09:16

    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
  17. bobdobalina Says:

    Fri, 07/01/11 - 09:21

    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.”
  18. Morningwood Says:

    Fri, 07/01/11 - 09:44

    knowing Leben likes gummy bears explains his hair color.
  19. ArmFarmer Says:

    Fri, 07/01/11 - 09:47

    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.
  20. Douchey McDoucherton Says:

    Fri, 07/01/11 - 09:55

    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.
  21. Fried Taco Says:

    Fri, 07/01/11 - 10:02

    Just wait until Leben sees this gift basket in his room before the fight, with a card signed "Love, Wandy".
  22. Fried Taco Says:

    Fri, 07/01/11 - 10:05

    And this is the back of Leben's walkout shirt!
  23. mDino Says:

    Fri, 07/01/11 - 10:11

    well leben, you officially out-scummed chael sonnen and tito ortiz with that excuse.
  24. El Guapo Says:

    Fri, 07/01/11 - 10:41

    "Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker." -Willy Wonka
  25. El Guapo Says:

    Fri, 07/01/11 - 10:42

    ^Meaning, of course, The Crippler was f'kd either way..
  26. parchy mcthirst Says:

    Fri, 07/01/11 - 01:26

    They better have been Haribo Goldären because they are the fucking best
  27. RSparrow Says:

    Fri, 07/01/11 - 03:52

    Tons of gummy bears and ice cream before fighting a crazy marine, you stupid red haired fuck!?
  28. GrandShamrock Says:

    Fri, 07/01/11 - 06:45

    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.
  29. Lavacon Says:

    Fri, 07/01/11 - 06:55

    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...
  30. GistoftheFist Says:

    Fri, 07/01/11 - 08:03

    At least he didn't eat Hermes' famous jerked prunes. He calls them Caribbean Draino.
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