Chris Leben lost his last fight inside the Octagon, a listless performance against promotional newcomer Derek Brunson in the first fight of the UFC 155 main card.
That's the result that appears on his record, the one that reads 22-9 overall, and 12-8 in the UFC since breaking into the organization as a member of the inaugural cast on The Ultimate Fighter.
The tepid affair in Las Vegas last December is the last recollection people have of Leben in the cage, and it's not one that casts "The Crippler" in a favorable light. He tired quickly, had trouble stuffing takedowns, and when he connected with punches, they lacked the snap to do much damage.
What gets lost between the replays of the fight and results as they stand on his record is that just by bouncing out to the cage as "Love Rollercoaster" pumped through the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Leben has already scored a far more important victory.
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