It’s hard to believe that just seven years ago, MMA fans throughout the world were introduced to Chris “The Crippler” Leben on the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter. There is no doubt that one of the most memorable moments of the season was when Leben used Jason Thacker’s bed as a urinal… but now, fast forward to 2012 and 2,000+ miles across the Pacific ocean to Hawaii where “The Crippler” now calls home, fans are seeing a much more “evolved” Chris Leben.
I’ve actually had the pleasure of knowing “The Crippler” since he moved to Hawaii in 2007, following the opening of the Icon Fitness gym, where he was the head instructor. Since that time, Leben has made great strides in both his professional career and personal life that many fans may not be aware of. He opened his own gym in Honolulu – the Ultimate Fight School, got married, and more importantly, cleaned up his act and started acting as a mentor to incarcerated youths at the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility on O