With Their Jobs Possibly On The Line, Chris Leben Faces Uriah Hall At UFC 168

Popular embattled UFC Middleweight Chris ‘The Crippler’ Leben is most likely fighting for his job his next time out, and it appears that he’ll be fighting a man who Dana White deems ‘not a fighter.’

Leben will square off with TUF 17 finalist Uriah Hall at UFC 168 from MGM Garden Arena ion Las Vegas on December 28th. The loser is definitely in danger of receiving their walking papers, and for good reason.

‘The Crippler’ has lost three in a row, and that’ usually the watermark for UFC fighters to get cut. Hall, on the other hand, was practically anointed the next UFC Middleweight champ when he ran roughshod over competition throughout TUF 17, knocking out opponents in brutal fashion left and right.

But his fights under the big lights failed to deliver the same excitement. He allowed Kelvin Gastelum to complete his run of upsets by grinding him out to a split decision at the TUF 17 Finale, and then dropped a rather uninspired decision to John Howard at UFC Fight Night 26 in Boston, which prompted the criticism from White.

Both fighters are power strikers who can put on a show for the fans. But will they? They definitely should if they want to fight on in the UFC. For Hall, a win over Leben could be the big name that gets his momentum back on track. Leben has been in the game for a long time now. His head just might not be in the fight game, or the talent in the UFC may have just past him by.

Are you excited for this fight among a laundry list of blockbuster bouts at UFC 168? And who is your early pick to win?


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    HATEOCRACY

    September 19, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Good luck to the both of them.

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    Endo

    September 19, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Hmmm. If they stand this is a potential fight of the night. But with the pressure on both of them seems likely that someone's going for a take down and it could end up very cagey and dull.

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    IGMBurninPiff

    September 19, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Jesus man, could Dana White try any harder to make sure Uriah Hall gets fights he SHOULD win? Doomsday who wasn't in the UFC for how long before the fight and brawl style striker. Uriah's technical striking should have been able to pick him apart. Now Leben? Absolutely Leben's got some power in his hands but another sloppy winging punches fighter that Uriah should pick apart.

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      Akordas

      September 19, 2013 at 1:31 pm

      What???!!!Are you serious??? Its more look like they want to feed Uriah to dogs rather when, to build a win streak for Uriah Hall. Do you even follow mma? Leben is ufc veteran, half of his mma record is fights from ufc, not only he is a veteran he is tasted TUF waters too… And if you followed Uriah Hall career you should notice that he lost to welterweight who took a fight on the sort notice. You should visit lowkick.com more often.

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    Ivy

    September 19, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    It's simple: Dana wants to retire one of the 2 of these guys from the UFC with this fight. He's pissed at Leben for 3 losses in a row, and at Hall for not living up to the hype. Click FUNNY if you want to see a double KO.

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    cranestyle

    September 19, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    You know who I'd like to see Leben fight? Koscheck. Neither is relevant but I would love to see Koscheck get 'crippled' for being such a douche in season 1 of TUF.

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    thexperience1

    September 19, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Hall should take this.. but then again he should've took the last 2 as well!!

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    enjoylife321

    September 19, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    I suspect Leben's game plan will be to look for the takedown and submit Hall. If it stays on the feet Leben is getting knocked out. Uriah is overdue for a devastating finish

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    N.C.

    September 19, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Loser leaves for Bellator fight. I hope lebon wins, but if he doesn't. I don't mind seeing him in Bell either.

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    Vic

    September 20, 2013 at 3:16 am

    The return of the motherless bastard!

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    TheRealDeal

    September 20, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Not sure who is a bigger disappointment in the UFC. Probably Hall since he has done NOTHING since the show.

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    akieyugames

    September 20, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Guillard looks like Little Randleman

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