With Their Jobs Possibly On The Line, Chris Leben Faces Uriah Hall...

With Their Jobs Possibly On The Line, Chris Leben Faces Uriah Hall At UFC 168

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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?

A huge fan of the sport since 1995, I love writing all aspects of the fight game. As Chief Editor of LowKick MMA, I strive to stay on the cutting edge of all things MMA related.
  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/HATEOCRACY HATEOCRACY

    Good luck to the both of them.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Endo Endo

    Hmmm. If they stand this is a potential fight of the night. But with the pressure on both of them seems likely that someone's going for a take down and it could end up very cagey and dull.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/IGMBurninPiff IGMBurninPiff

    Jesus man, could Dana White try any harder to make sure Uriah Hall gets fights he SHOULD win? Doomsday who wasn't in the UFC for how long before the fight and brawl style striker. Uriah's technical striking should have been able to pick him apart. Now Leben? Absolutely Leben's got some power in his hands but another sloppy winging punches fighter that Uriah should pick apart.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Akordas Akordas

      What???!!!Are you serious??? Its more look like they want to feed Uriah to dogs rather when, to build a win streak for Uriah Hall. Do you even follow mma? Leben is ufc veteran, half of his mma record is fights from ufc, not only he is a veteran he is tasted TUF waters too… And if you followed Uriah Hall career you should notice that he lost to welterweight who took a fight on the sort notice. You should visit lowkick.com more often.

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/enjoylife321 enjoylife321

        Injuries and drug addiction have slowed Leben down IMO…Cardio has been an issue as well. I think we have seen the best from Leben but who knows he may be able to turn things around.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Ivy Ivy

    It's simple: Dana wants to retire one of the 2 of these guys from the UFC with this fight. He's pissed at Leben for 3 losses in a row, and at Hall for not living up to the hype. Click FUNNY if you want to see a double KO.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/cranestyle cranestyle

    You know who I'd like to see Leben fight? Koscheck. Neither is relevant but I would love to see Koscheck get 'crippled' for being such a douche in season 1 of TUF.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/akieyugames akieyugames

      hell yeah

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/thexperience1 thexperience1

    Hall should take this.. but then again he should've took the last 2 as well!!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/enjoylife321 enjoylife321

    I suspect Leben's game plan will be to look for the takedown and submit Hall. If it stays on the feet Leben is getting knocked out. Uriah is overdue for a devastating finish

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/N.C. N.C.

    Loser leaves for Bellator fight. I hope lebon wins, but if he doesn't. I don't mind seeing him in Bell either.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Vic Vic

    The return of the motherless bastard!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/TheRealDeal TheRealDeal

    Not sure who is a bigger disappointment in the UFC. Probably Hall since he has done NOTHING since the show.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/akieyugames akieyugames

    Guillard looks like Little Randleman