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Uriah Hall defeats Chris Leben, who quits on stool

(R-L) Uriah Hall punches Chris Leben in their middleweight bout during the UFC 168 event
Uriah Hall defeated Chris Leben with a vicious right hand that made Leben quit on the stool.
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Mike Chiappetta

Mike Chiappetta has documented the fast-growing sport of mixed martial arts since 2006 for news organizations including SB Nation, NBCSports.com, FIGHT! Magazine, AOL and ESPN. He appears regularly as an analyst on countless television shows and radio programs, including CBS Radio and MMA Beat. Follow him on Twitter.

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In perhaps his last chance in the UFC octagon, Chris Leben left on his own terms, quitting on his stool after the first round of his UFC 168 matchup with Uriah Hall. Leben then walked out of the octagon before the official decision was read, and waved to the fans in a way that could indicate he would retire.

Hall was in control throughout, using his speed and reach advantage to keep Leben swinging at air. Hall rocked Leben with his first strike of the match, a leaping knee, and then at the 10-second horn, knocked Leben down with a straight right hand before swarming with strikes.

He couldn’t finish but when Leben (22-11) went back to his stool with his face bloodied, he decided that he’d had enough. The official result is a first-round TKO for Hall.

“He’s a warrior,” Hall said of his opponent. “I knew he was going to come at me full force. I decided to use my feet. You don’t want to get hit by that guy.”

If it is the end of the line for Leben in the UFC, he finishes with a 12-10 record in 22 fights. The loss to Hall was his fourth straight, following defeats to Mark Munoz, Derek Brunson and Andrew Craig.

The fight was equally as important for Hall, who entered the UFC amidst serious fanfare after a brilliant run on season 17 of The Ultimate Fighter. However, he had lost his first two official bouts, and the win against Leben marked the first official one of his UFC run. He’s now 8-4.

Still, Hall apologized for his manner of victory, saying, “I was trying to end the year with a bang.”

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