Retired UFC and TUF season 1 (The Ultimate Fighter) veteran Chris Leben has been involved in plenty of run-ins with the law over the years, but many believed that his wild years would be left nehind him once he retired in 2013. Coming off the back off four straight losses in the UFC, ‘The Crippler’ had obviously slowed considerably, but he resurfaced recently amidst reports of domestic violence. Leben was arrested on multiple charges in San Diego, California, including a felony assault weapon rap.
Reports on NBC San Diego claim that the troubled ex-UFC star pleaded guilty to the felony charge in a California courtroom, as well as misdemeanour vandalism and breach of a temporary restraining order by his wife. Another interesting part of the story on the report stated the following:
“In a request for a restraining order, Leben’s estranged wife, Kaleena, wrote she awoke around 3 a.m. on June 8 to banging and kicking at her door. Around 4:30 a.m. she woke up to find Leben trying to scale the outside wall of her downtown San Diego high rise to access her apartment via the balcony.”
“A San Diego police report describes finding a “loaded Ruger SR45 .45 caliber handgun” on Kaleena’s bed immediately after the incident.”
“Kaleena then wrote in her request for a restraining order, made permanent by a judge, that her building’s management alerted her to finding an M16 assault rifle hidden in a maintenance closet a few floors from her apartment.”
The fact that Leben struck a plea deal in this case is both revealing, and perhaps quite alarming. After admitting he had spent all the money he made from fighting on drugs back in 2014, and coupled with his constant troubles with the law, it’s sad to say that this probably won’t be the last time you hear about ‘The Crippler’ getting on the wrong side of the law.
You’ll remember the Ultimate Fighter original stating the following regarding this murky story:
“When it comes to my character, that’s the one thing I hold dear,” Leben said. “I’m an outlaw with ethics. You know what I’m saying? There’s honor among thieves. There’s certain laws I don’t f*cking believe in and there [are] others I believe in. There’s a certain way I live my life and one thing I would never do is beat or hurt a woman ever. And any man that ever does that is a f*cking piece of sh*t and deserves to get shot in the head. I’ve never done anything like that.”
Leben’s hearing is set for August 31st, where the prosecution says he’ll likely get probation.
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