Father time always wins and Chris Leben helped reiterate that fact when he put his idol Wanderlei Silva to sleep at UFC 132 on Saturday night inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
It only took “The Crippler” all of 27 seconds to notch the biggest win of his career.
“Wanderlei is my hero. He’s always been my favorite fighter. I only visualized a three-round war. I never envisioned a knockout. It’s unbelievable,” An exuberant Leben stated after his victory.
Leben was coming off a devastating loss to Brian Stann at UFC 125 on New Year’s Day in his last outing, but used that experience as a lesson learned heading into Saturday night’s shootout.
After eating a small flurry of punches from Silva at the start of the bout, Leben woke up and threw a left hook that landed behind Silva’s ear and rocked the Brazilian.
He used the opening and landed several uppercuts that dropped the former Pride champion face-first into the canvas and forced the referee to step in and stop the bout.
The fighter who now calls Hawaii his home secured his 12th victory inside the Octagon, which includes wins in three out of his last four.