Former WEC Middleweight Champion Chris Leben (22–11) will forever be remembered in MMA for his fighting style inside the cage and for being the most controversial fighter on The Ultimate Fighter Season 1, and many other moments in the Wanderlei Silva., including his highlight win over
Now, officially retired from competing, Leben has opened up about his past illegal drug use and how it may have helped “The Crippler” win fights:
[Life] really is better now, the bottom line is, especially with all the illegal drugs, I was spending all the money I was making anyways. Six in one, half dozen in the other. I used to fight, the way I fought, I didn’t give a s—. ‘F— this, I could die tomorrow, let’s go out there and I’m gonna f—ing kill this guy!’ That fire, honestly, I’d be lying if I said that fire was still in me these past couple fights. It hasn’t been.
I hate to admit it, but s—’s going okay at home. My life’s alright. I’m a lot more of a mellow guy. Just getting older I guess. I don’t even know. I don’t know how to explain it.
Personally, I think Leben isn’t trying to take anything away from his wins here, and I believe he is just saying that the drugs helped his mental game inside the cage. And while he was sober that mental fuel was long gone.
Before retiring and moving on with his new coaching career at Victory MMA and Fitness, Leben lost five consecutive fights in the UFC with the most recent one by TKO (corner stoppage) to TUF 17 finalist Uriah Hall.