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Old 08-30-2009, 10:43 AM   #601 (permalink)
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Old 08-30-2009, 11:34 AM   #602 (permalink)
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Leben has one of two problems, I'm not sure which one. Either he is trying to be too technical and forgetting why he was successful before by being more wild and unconventional, or he's just not that good.

I prefer to think it is the former because I sort of root for him. Although it is a pity root.

At least he's getting himself some really nice tattoos!
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Old 08-30-2009, 12:03 PM   #603 (permalink)
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Just get rid of him already.

The only reason he lasted this long was due to the UFC's habit of desperately sucking every molecule of marketing possible out of the TUF fighters. He's a mediocre fighter in every respect, and he needed steroids to even achieve mediocrity. I'd say he got exposed last night, except that to be exposed you have to have people think you were good in the first place.

It pisses me off that crap like that fight takes up a main card slot, stop wasting our time with this guy.
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Old 08-30-2009, 12:16 PM   #604 (permalink)
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People are seriously underestimating Leben here. He is a solid fighter with several good wins in the UFC.


He has wins over Patrick Cote, Alessio Sakara, Jorge Rivera, Jorge Santiago, Terry Martin, Edwin DeWees and Luigi Fiurovanti. He also has a win over Mike Swick in the WEC. His overall UFC record is 8-5 which is not bad. A lot of people with worse records are still around and get credit.
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I think he's walking on pretty thin ice right now. I could see him getting set up with Ed Herman for a "both guys have their backs against the wall" fight.
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I think he's walking on pretty thin ice right now. I could see him getting set up with Ed Herman for a "both guys have their backs against the wall" fight.
Good idea but not going to happen, he and Ed are very good friends... Chris is actually the guy who gave him the "Short Fuse" nickname.

I'm not sure what was going on with Chris last night, he not only lost but looked bad doing it. When he lost to Kalib Starnes they actually got fight of the night, when he last to MacDonald he was winning that fight up to the submission.

But last night he just seemed slow... and all most like he didn't care. As a big fan I was shocked, Rosholt was nothing impressive either... good submission sure, but the way Leben was fighting he should have put that on him in the first round.
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Old 08-30-2009, 12:29 PM   #607 (permalink)
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He will probably show up on some Fight Night cards, or maybe Strikeforce like most have said
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To me Leben is in a similar boat as Jardine. Usually fights really tough guys (obviously not as tough as Jardine does) and always puts on a hell of a show... He, like Jardine, seems like a good gate keeper. And with how weak the MW division is in the UFC, I don't really think they can afford to axe him just yet. He will probably fight on the main card of an upcoming UFN against someone who will most likely be a brawler...

It seems like Herman will be out for a while and I'm not sure Dana will sacrifice Leben for Maia.. We have seen that Leben has some weaknesses on the ground, Maia would bend him in all sorts of directions..
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He needs to start cycling again...

LOL.....seems like it did help, but people will certainly disagree, claiming the type of roid he took against bisping wouldnt have benefitted him????? I just read it in response to a comment i made about him juicing....

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Kendall Grove, James Irvin, Alan Belcher, W. Silva, Tom Lawlor, Winner or loser of McFredies/Drwal are just some possible future opponents for him. There are a lot of guy's in that MW that would have a good fight with Leben.


Leben is still a solid mid level fighter who always has entertaining fights. It would be a big mistake to release him. I doubt the UFC will though.

All those dude are on thei way out the door, so your right they would be good fights.........

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I would say Leben needs to do some serious training. All he looks for is the looping left. He needs to become a more all around fighter.
Absoloutely....... He lacks fundamentals and certainly discipline.....

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Just get rid of him already.

The only reason he lasted this long was due to the UFC's habit of desperately sucking every molecule of marketing possible out of the TUF fighters. He's a mediocre fighter in every respect, and he needed steroids to even achieve mediocrity. I'd say he got exposed last night, except that to be exposed you have to have people think you were good in the first place.

It pisses me off that crap like that fight takes up a main card slot, stop wasting our time with this guy.
There is some truth to this post, as the UFC needs these fighters tha the casual fan recognizes from T.V. as opposed to someone that has only been exposes on PPV to the casual fan like Shogun, or even Brock.....all his fights you have had to pay to watch.....

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People are seriously underestimating Leben here. He is a solid fighter with several good wins in the UFC.


He has wins over Patrick Cote, Alessio Sakara, Jorge Rivera, Jorge Santiago, Terry Martin, Edwin DeWees and Luigi Fiurovanti. He also has a win over Mike Swick in the WEC. His overall UFC record is 8-5 which is not bad. A lot of people with worse records are still around and get credit.
I highlighted the 2 with any serious ablity to allow Leben to brag and Swick was ages ago he has gotten way better and DEF so has Cote'.......

Leben needs to re-evaluate and re-dedicate himself to this sport or its going to continue this way.........regardless of where he goes....

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The Calm Before The Storm – Machida, Rua Meet The Press in LA

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On October 24th, UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida and challanger Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will be anything but friendly as they battle tooth and nail in the Octagon at Los Angeles’ STAPLES Center. But as they made their way to Tuesday’s UFC 104 press conference in the City of Angels, they were just a couple of old buddies who wound up sitting next to each other on the flight from Brazil.

“Lyoto is a nice guy and we’ve known each other for a while,” said Rua through translator / manager Eduardo Alonso at Nokia Plaza in LA. “Even though we are friends, I got very surprised to see him on the plane and actually sitting next to me for the whole flight from Brazil to here. It was a funny situation, but we’re both professionals, we’re training very hard and we both want the same goal, so we’re gonna do our best.”

Machida also smiled when recalling his travel companion. “We are great friends, no problems.”

October 24th may be a different story though, as two of the 205-pound division’s finest collide in a diehard fight fan’s dream fight. In one corner, it’s the technically brilliant Machida, a cool assassin who has yet to taste defeat in mixed martial arts. In the other, it’s the more visceral Rua, the former PRIDE star who finally looks to be back in form after two knee surgeries. It’s an intriguing clash of styles to say the least, and the possibility of a war to remember is definitely in the cards once the bell rings.

“Lyoto is a standup fighter,” said Rua. “I’m a standup fighter myself, but he comes from karate and is a very good counterstriker; he fights in a very efficient style. I’m a Muay Thai fighter and I fight much more in a pressing style by being aggressive. I think this is a big motivation for me, to show and prove that Muay Thai can be very efficient against his style.”

“My style is karate,” said Machida, who was schooled in the art by his father, Yoshizo. “My personal style is counterstriking. Shogun is a very aggressive fighter with good knees, good punching, but I’ll try to push him into my style.”

That’s been Machida’s M.O. since coming to the UFC, where he has taken down the likes of Sokoudjou, Tito Ortiz, and Thiago Silva, before blasting his way to the light heavyweight title with his knockout of Rashad Evans in May. “Karate is back,” yelled Machida after his title-winning effort, and his style, temperament, and dominance has garnered him no small amount of praise – and not just from fans, but from his fellow fighters.

“He’s starting to break the lines between being a fighter and being a mixed martial artist, and to me that’s very important,” said heavyweight Ben Rothwell, in town to promote his UFC 104 co-main event against Cain Velasquez. “He’s starting to show the world that this is a competition. This is the UFC and these are the best professional athletes in the world.”

To get ready for the task of figuring out Belem’s Machida, Rua will train close to home in Curitiba, a switch from the training camp in Sao Paulo he used for his knockout win over Chuck Liddell in April.

“Each fight is a different story,” said Rua. “To fight Chuck Liddell I believed I needed to emphasize boxing, and Sao Paulo has the best boxing in Brazil, so I went there to train and to prepare. For this fight against Lyoto I think I need different aspects of training, so me and my team talked about it and we decided to stay in Curitiba for this fight. My team is my team, but I’ll go wherever is best for my strategy and my opponent, and I’ll bring my team with me.”

As for the champion, he’s not about to rest on his laurels. Instead, he approaches the fight with the hunger of a challenger.

“I keep training a lot for the night of the fight,” said Machida. “This is my first title defense and I hope I’ll win. My opponent is tough, a great person, very good on the ground and (in his) striking, but I know one thing – I’ll keep doing my homework.”


Cant wait for this fight!!!

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