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I believe that this fight could go down. Why? I believe Leben is the lead contender for Franklin's championship belt right now. He has suposedly improved his ground game, and he is still that 1 hit miracle type of guy. He has extremely powerful punches. His striking is top-notch. So, I think he is a top contender to fight Franklin. But, if he fights Franklin, I think Rich will most likely force the fight on to the ground and submit him.
 

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Im a huge Leben fan,but he is not redy to step into the ring with Ace.He will end up like Nate Quarry.Leben is young let him finish his first UFC contract before he gets a title shot.
 

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Not to take anything away from Leben but look what happened when he fought someone with some experience(Silva), now Silva has a title shot, I'd be pissed if I was Leben but I think he should fight the winner of the Swick/Loiseau fight then title shot. JMO.
 

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Leben/Swick 2 now that is a fight i would love to see.Chris caught Swick in the first fight and dropped him.Swick is alot better and Leben has felt what it is like to lose again so he will be ready.Hopefully that will be on a PPV card so they both can get some love from the fans.
 

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Leben is a ballsy fighter but he is too slow to take on the likes of Franklin, maybe Leben should drop some weight and go down a division?
 

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If Nate Quarry couldn't pull it off, then there is now way Chris Leban can. Lets face it, Quarry is a lot better than Leban!
 

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Rich, no doubt in my mind!
 

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RIP Leben

Leben will get wrecked, he's not even close to being ready for Franklin IMHO!:laugh:
 

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Yeah, that's a great idea. If Swick can get passed Loiseau, then have them set up their rematch (which I think is quite anticipated by a lot of fans) in December.
 

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Turkish said:
Not to take anything away from Leben but look what happened when he fought someone with some experience(Silva), now Silva has a title shot, I'd be pissed if I was Leben but I think he should fight the winner of the Swick/Loiseau fight then title shot. JMO.
I personally think that is a good choice, winner of Swick/Loiseau. I really don't think Leben can go with Rich Franklin, though crazier things have happened. I feel that Leben will wind up leaving the UFC after another year or so. Just a feeling.
 

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Death to Leben
Leben<Franklin. Leben isn't that good and would get destroyed similar to the silva fight
 

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Leben will get wrecked, he's not even close to being ready for Franklin IMHO!:laugh:
i agree, leben woulg get ko'd second round...ur from revere huh?? im from everett..thats kinda funny.gbl is in the house:laugh:
 

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This is a joke right?

This fight will never happen. The only way Leben will ever get a title shot is if Silva beats Franklin and Leben beats an average opponent to have "The rematch that everyone has been waiting for"...the "retribution".

And his striking is far from top notch, swinging your arms around with your eyes closed is not top notch. Yes he has a lot of power, but a lot of guys have a lot of power, and they arent considered top notch strikers. His striking is sloppy, and any good striker will get through them and knock him out (aka Silva).
 
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