Originally written on 5thRound.com  |  Last updated 12/30/12
The UFC was hoping to end their torrid year with a bang. Unfortunately for the planet’s premier mixed martial arts promotion, the first fight in Saturday’s UFC 155 pay-per-view broadcast was an absolute bust. Slugger Chris Leben (Pictured) is notorious for his vicious standup game, but it was nowhere to be found last night in Las Vegas. As for opponent Derek Brunson, he was an Octagon rookie serving as last-minute substitute who was expected to be “The Crippler’s” punching bag. UFC president Dana White was hoping a violent knockout would kick off his final show of 2012. Instead, the 15-minute affair put the fans inside MGM Grand Garden Arena who weren’t booing from boredom to sleep. “I love Chris Leben, personally and professionally,” White stated during the post-fight press conference. “But [Saturday], I think I made a mistake putting him on the pay-per-view. I should have had him on the undercard. He’s been off with personal problems for a while. He’s had a lot of time off, and he looked slow. “I wasn’t crazy about that fight. That wasn’t my favorite fight of the night, that’s for damn sure.” Leben was banned last November by the promotion after testing positive for Oxycodone and Oxymorphone (painkillers) following his UFC 138 loss to Mark Munoz. It marked the second time “The Crippler” had failed a drug exam. The steroid Stanozolol was found in his system after losing to Michael Bisping at UFC 89 in October 2008. A win is a win, but Brunson’s big league debut didn’t put him in White’s good graces. While the wrestler may have snapped his two-fight losing skid with an uneventful unanimous decision victory, don’t expect to see him on the PPV portion of an Octagon show anytime soon. “The other kid was looking at the clock like he was a 14-year-old waiting for school to get out the entire fight. Looking at the clock,” White added. “You’re in the UFC your first time, and I wasn’t very impressed.”
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Ukwuachu rape victim hires firm that prosecuted Winston

Leo Santa Cruz tops Abner Mares in slugfest

WATCH: Beckham makes great grab over Revis

SEC commissioner wrote classy note to injured Arkansas RB

John Daly taken to hospital after collapsing on course

Rex Ryan keeping Bills' starting quarterback a secret

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Braves fan dies after falling from upper deck

Randall Cobb suffers shoulder injury vs. Eagles

WATCH: John Harbaugh, Jay Gruden get into shouting match

WATCH: Brian Hartline drags toes on great TD catch

Julio Jones, Falcons agree on 5-year contract extension

WATCH: Blue Jays' Edwin Encarnacion blasts three homers, extends hit streak

WATCH: Ricardo Mayorga taunts Shane Mosley in ring, loses

Will Jimmer Fredette find success with Spurs?

Every NBA division's most interesting rookie for 2015-16

American Pharoah upset at Travers Stakes

Steve Smith joins family in stands after getting ejected from game

WATCH: Cordarrelle Patterson rips off 107-yard return TD

Steve Sarkisian giving up most of USC's playcalling duties

Animal shelter cancels fundraiser at Heinz Field

Mets acquire RP Addison Reed from Diamondbacks

WATCH: James Rodriguez scores unreal goals

Vin Scully: I believe next year will be my last

Charles Barkley wants to blow his former agent’s brains out

The Texas Rangers are firing on all cylinders

MMA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Every NBA division's most interesting rookie for 2015-16

Fantasy football round-by-round draft strategy

Ronda Rousey's Carl’s Jr. ad

The WWE Divas Revolution is getting ugly

The NFL’s season kickoff isn’t going as planned, but plans don’t matter in the NFL

The Opening Drive: What happened to all the great Michigan tailbacks?

The 1980s Lakers represent the NBA’s ultimate creation story

The Orioles’ frustrating season

Five greatest NBA players of all-time

Finding signs of life for the Red Sox

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker