Ok, now this must be a loser-leaves-town matchup. On Thursday, a middleweight tango between veteran Chris Leben (picutred) and Uriah Hall was announced for UFC 168.
Leben has dropped four of his past five scraps, including three straight. “The Ultimate Fighter 1″ contestant has looked progressively worse in each outing.
UFC president Dana White has been reluctant to sever ties with Leben because he’s scared what might happen to the troubled slugger if he becomes unemployed. Another uneventful defeat this New Year’s Eve weekend and White might be forced to find out.
Speaking of fighting for your UFC life, Hall has been one of the promotion’s biggest disappointments in recent memory. After generating insane amounts of hype with his countless highlight reel finishes on “The Ultimate Fighter 17,” Hall has been less than impressive in two losses since the show wrapped.
White claimed Hall was “not a fighter” after posting a split decision defeat to John Howard in his last outing.
The 185-pound affair will appear in the night’s prelims.
UFC 168 takes place December 28 inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Here is the card’s current lineup:
Uriah Hall vs. Chris Leben
Dustin Poirier vs. Diego Brandao
Gleison Tibau vs. Michael Johnson
Josh Barnett vs. Travis Browne
Miesha Tate vs. Ronda Rousey (UFC bantamweight champion)
Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman (UFC middleweight champion)