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
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
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.”