Chris Leben – The Crippler: Cage Fighting and My Life on the Edge
It takes a certain sort of individual to do whatever it takes to make a life as an MMA fighter. And it takes a certain sort of individual to stand out as both a wild man and a rock star. Chris Leben, often known as “The Crippler,” is one of those people.
Leben rose to prominence after appearing on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter, a reality program and competition in which aspiring fighters live together and compete for a UFC contract and a route to stardom. With his provocative and aggressive demeanor, he immediately earned a reputation for himself. During his ten-year career in ultimate fighting, Leben became one of the sport’s most recognizable figures, enthralling audiences around the world with his wild, head-first fighting style as he faced off against some of the world’s best fighters, including Anderson Silva, Yoshihiro Akiyama, and Wanderlei Silva.
But Leben’s ring prowess and international renown veiled a turbulent past. Leben’s mother worked long hours to raise him and his two siblings after his father abandoned him at a young age, and Leben learnt early on that he had to be strong to fend for himself. Leben struggled with alcohol and narcotics for the majority of his life, and he was suspended by the UFC for nine months after testing positive for performance-enhancing substances. The Crippler is more than simply a thrilling narrative of his ascent to fame in the UFC; it’s the extraordinary story of a recognized wild man coping with his own problems and discovering that the toughest opponent is always oneself.
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