- Nov 4, 2008 5:51 AM A Message From Chris to the Fans
- Oct 9, 2008 2:58 PM New Updates, New Page!
- Jul 30, 2008 3:46 PM New Leben Interview, Check out Evolution of an Icon in the Video Section Below!
- Jun 18, 2008 12:33 PM Leben vs. Bisping is ON!!! UFC 89 in Birmingham, UK!
- Apr 10, 2008 3:37 AM What’s Up Next For Chris...
About me:.. .. .. ..........
Who I'd like to meet:
Chris Leben was born July 21st, 1980 and raised in Portland Oregon as a middle child with a younger sister and an older brother. Growing up he always preferred alternative sports such as skateboarding, dirt biking, and snowboarding. It wasn't until middle school that Chris watched his first Ultimate Fighting Championship and decided to dive head first into the arena of combat sports.
Chris had never been in a street fight but he was instantly fascinated by the sport and decided to take up boxing classes. The classes were far across town from where he lived but regardless of the distance he enrolled anyway and took the bus there everyday after school. He never competed as a boxer but enjoyed training hard and studying the techniques each and everyday.
Late in his freshman year Chris joined the high school wrestling team. He picked up the art rather quickly and wrestled into his Junior and Senior year. Wrestling helped Chris develop ground skills which he could not receive in boxing. These skills combined with his boxing training helped Chris form a base and skill set that would be the starting point of his fighting career.
One day while visiting his brother at work, Chris noticed an MMA gym located across the street. The particular gym happened to be the location of the world famous Team Quest. After a brief conversation with team trainer Robert Follis Chris was ready to take his fighting training to another level and joined. He signed on and before long he was training with the competition team members like Randy Couture, Matt Lindland, Nate Quarry, and Ed Herman. With such a great team around him Chris refined his skills and began fighting as an amateur. His amateur career started just how it ended, with a win. He went 5-0 as an amateur and captured the FCFF and UFCF middleweight titles.
Undefeated as an amateur Chris decided to test the waters and turn pro. He wasted no time and won his first five fights, three of which came via knockout. Chris went on a rampage and captured the Gladiator Challenge, Sportfight, and WEC middleweight titles. He has amassed a nearly flawless professional record and has beaten names such as Benji Radach, Mike Swick, Jorge Rivera, Edwin Dewees and Patrick Cote. His first loss came by way of a tough decision to seasoned veteran Joe Doerkson.
Chris was a featured contestant on the first Spike reality series, The Ultimate Fighter where he showed the world all sides of his personality and became a fan favorite. Chris did not win The Ultimate Fighter competition but went on to fight in The Ultimate Fighter finals where he quickly dismantled his opponent Jason Thacker with vicious offense. Chris is still competing in the UFC and is a top ranked middleweight contender. Most recently he defeated Terry Martin on UFC Fight Night 11 via KO in an all out war after almost being knockout out himself.
Currently Chris is living in Honolulu, Hawaii where he spends his days running the Icon Fitness and MMA Center. Chris Leben’s current record is 17-4-0 with 9 (T)KOs, 4 Submissions and 4 Decision victories. Aside from fighting and training Chris spends his days surfing, skateboarding, dirt biking, and hanging out with friends.
Stay tuned to chrisleben.com for more information.
TKO (Punches) 3:16 Round 1
UFC 82: Pride of a Champion- 3/1/2008
KO (Punch) 3:56 Round 3
UFC "Fight Night 11"- 9/19/2007
UFC 71 Lidell vs. Jackson - 5/26/2007
Submission (Guillotine Choke) 4:03 Round 2
UFC 66 Lidell vs. Ortiz 2 - 12/30/2006
KO (Punch) 0:35 Round 2
UFC- Ultimate Fight Night 6 - 8/17/2006
KO (Knee) 0:49 Round 1
UFC- Ultimate Fight Night 5 - 6/28/2006
UFC-Ultimate Fight Night 4 - 4/6/2006
TKO (Strikes) 1:44 Round 1
UFC- Ultimate Fight Night 3 - 1/16/2006
Submission (Arm Bar) 3:26 Round 2
UFC- Ultimate Fight Night 2 - 10/3/2005
Decision (Split Decision: 29-28, 29-27, 30-27) 5:00 Round 3
UFC- Ultimate Fight Night 1 - 8/6/2005
TKO (Referee Stoppage from Strikes) 1:35 Round 1 Ultimate Fighting Championship: The Ultimate Fighter Finale - 4/9/2005
TKO (Broken Jaw) 0:00 Round 3
Sport Fight: Fight For Freedom - 6/26/2004
Decision 5:00 Round 3
Freestyle Fighting Championships 9 - 5/14/2004
KO 1:54 Round 1
Sport Fight: Dome - 4/17/2004
KO 0:18 Round 2
World Extreme Cagefighting 9: Cold Blooded - 1/16/2004
Decision 5:00 Round 3
Gladiator Challenge 20 - 11/13/2003
Submission (Arm Bar) 3:15 Round 1
World Extreme Cagefighting 8: Halloween Fury 2 - 10/17/2003
- Status: In a Relationship
- Here for: Networking, Friends
- Hometown: Portland
- Orientation: Straight
- Body type: 6' 0" / Athletic
- Zodiac Sign: Cancer