Chris Leben reportedly cut 21 pounds in 24 hours for UFC 138Posted on November 7, 2011, 04:57 PM by Trent Reinsmith
When we last saw Chris Leben he was telling his corner that he could not see out of his left eye after Mark Munoz’s “Donkey Kong” style ground and pound left him bleeding badly from that eye. The fight was stopped after Leben’s admission in his corner and Munoz took the TKO victory, moving him one step closer to the Middleweight title bout that he requested following his UFC 138 victory.
If you saw the fight, it was easy to notice that Munoz looked much fresher between Rounds 1 and 2 as Leben’s breathing appeared labor when the second round began. The reason for Leben’s cardio troubles may have had something to do with the fast paced first round coupled with his weight cut in the 24 hours leading up UFC 138’s main event.
Fighter’s Only reported that sources told them that Leben had to cut nearly 21 pounds in the 24 hours leading up to the fight. The report said that the weight cut left Leben “shattered.” - for more see FightersOnly
Further Reading: UFC 138 Results Recap: Mark Munoz delivers in Birmingham