Chris Leben is looking to get back on track after having some bad luck. First, Leben decided to call it quits on Jan. 2014 ending a 12-year long career that included 22 fights in the UFC. Following that decision, he was ordered to 120 days in jail after he was convicted of breaking and entering his ex-wife’s apartment, possession of illegal firearms and violating a court order held by Kaleena Leben. He started his sentence back in September of 2015.
Now, ‘The Crippler’ is out of jail and is training again. This has sparked some speculation about a possible return. Leben explained in Monday’s edition of the MMA Hour that he has some fire left in him, and he is not ruling out a comeback.
“Its funny you know, I kind of feel like I got a little bit of a chip on my shoulder. I got a little bit of a fire in me,” Leben said. “I’m not ruling it out.”
“The great thing is that I got this awesome new coach. He makes sure I don’t drink. He’s called a probation officer,” Leben laughed.
Leben was asked about fighting in the UFC again, but there’s one problem. He is not contracted to the largest MMA promotion in the world anymore. Leben said that UFC President Dana White wants nothing to do with him.
“Oh God, Dana doesn’t want to have anything to do with me,” Leben said. “I’m free to sign. I reached out to them and got released.”
Leben revealed that he is currently in talks with several MMA promotions. When asked if he would sign with Bellator MMA, which airs on Spike TV, Leben said, “I don’t know, I couldn’t tell you,” with a smile on his face.
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