Chris Leben's coach blames sickness for UFC 125 performancePosted on January 3, 2011, 08:14 AM by Daniel Cassidy
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.
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.
Despite weighing in as the heavy favourite before the bout, fan favourite Chris Leben suffered a first round loss to Brian Stann in devastating fashion. Coming into the fight, Leben was quickly handled, being dropped to the matt twice in the opening round, however manager Burton Richardson believes a flu like virus was the cause for his performance. Many expected the usually iron chinned Leben to walk through Stann, but "The All American" proved he should never be underestimated, as he delivered Leben his first TKO loss since Anderson Silva, and only the second of "The Crippler's" career.
Leben now looks likely to hold his spot as an entertaining Middleweight Gate Keeper following the loss. While his fighting style and popularity will ensure we see Leben in the cage again as soon as he is able, a loss to Stann could have ended the title aspirations he had. Stann will now look to face someone in the top 10 at Middleweight, and added his name to the list of those calling out Wanderlei Silva, although the winner of Bisping vs Rivera looks most likely for the Marine Captain, who's stock will no doubt rise due in the wake of UFC 125.