Uriah Hall defeats Chris Leben, who quits on stool

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.”