Popular embattled UFC Middleweight Chris ‘The Crippler’ Leben is most likely fighting for his job his next time out, and it appears that he’ll be fighting a man who Dana White deems ‘not a fighter.’
Leben will square off with TUF 17 finalist Uriah Hall at UFC 168 from MGM Garden Arena ion Las Vegas on December 28th. The loser is definitely in danger of receiving their walking papers, and for good reason.
‘The Crippler’ has lost three in a row, and that’ usually the watermark for UFC fighters to get cut. Hall, on the other hand, was practically anointed the next UFC Middleweight champ when he ran roughshod over competition throughout TUF 17, knocking out opponents in brutal fashion left and right.
But his fights under the big lights failed to deliver the same excitement. He allowed Kelvin Gastelum to complete his run of upsets by grinding him out to a split decision at the TUF 17 Finale, and then dropped a rather uninspired decision to John Howard at UFC Fight Night 26 in Boston, which prompted the criticism from White.
Both fighters are power strikers who can put on a show for the fans. But will they? They definitely should if they want to fight on in the UFC. For Hall, a win over Leben could be the big name that gets his momentum back on track. Leben has been in the game for a long time now. His head just might not be in the fight game, or the talent in the UFC may have just past him by.
Are you excited for this fight among a laundry list of blockbuster bouts at UFC 168? And who is your early pick to win?