When UFC middleweight Chris Leben (pictured) inexplicably quit on the stool at UFC 168, it was practically plastered all over the Octagon wall that the 33-year-old was done with mixed martial arts.
On Monday during an appearance on “The MMA Hour,” Leben confirmed it was time to put fighting in his rear-view mirror.
“The Crippler” has issued several cryptic tweets since December’s defeat to Uriah Hall, including the following day suggesting he was done.
“Making da drive back to sd time to start a new chapter ive laned the most strikes in da ufc it was a good run wouldnt change a thing,” Leben posted.
Leben sent a message last night stating he was set to begin his “dream job” as coach at Victory in San Diego.
“I’m super excited. Looks like I’m getting my dream job being the team coach at victory biggest gym inSD and also teaching some classes,” he wrote.
Leben, who emerged onto the UFC scene as a contestant on the original “The Ultimate Fighter,” hangs up his MMA gloves with a 22-11 professional record. He lost five of his last six scraps, including four straight.
In his one-sided shootout with Hall, Leben wobbled to his corner after getting mauled just as the first round ended. Between periods, Leben told his corner “I’m done” and left the cage.
He was suspended on two separate occasions (2008 and 2011) for taking banned substances.