Recently retired Chris Leben: ‘With the illegal drugs, I was spending all the money I was making’ Jan 27, 2014

MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with recently retired UFC middleweight Chris Leben, who stepped away from the sport following a tough loss to Uriah Hall on the UFC 168 preliminary card.

The former standout of The Ultimate Fighter season one is taking a mellower approach to retirement, and he readily admits that the same fire hasn’t burned inside him during the training for his final few fights:

“It really is better now. The bottom line is, especially with all the illegal drugs, I was spending all the money I was making anyways. Six in one, half dozen in the other. I used to fight, the way I fought, I didn’t give a shit. ‘Fuck this, I could die tomorrow, let’s go out there and I’m gonna fucking kill this guy!’ That fire, I’d be lying if I said that fire was still in me these past couple fights. It hasn’t been. I hate to admit it, but shit’s going okay at home. My life’s alright. I’m a lot more of a mellow guy. Just getting older I guess. I don’t even know. I don’t know how to explain it.”

Written by Frank Trigg

Frank Trigg is a mixed martial arts fighter, color commentator, television personality, radio host, and MMA spokesman. He has been involved in the combat sports industry, in some capacity, for more than 15 years.

As a fighter, Frank Trigg has fought for some of the most prestigious fight promotions in the world, including Ultimate Fighting Championship, PRIDE Fighting Championships, Rumble on the Rock, Icon Sport and World Fighting Alliance.

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