CHRIS 

"THE CRIPPLER

LEBEN

Chris is a mixed martial artist, judge, referee, and bare-knuckle boxer. He has been a professional MMA competitor since 2002, most notably competing in the UFC in the Middleweight division. Chris competed in the now-defunct WEC where he was the inaugural Middleweight Champion. He then appeared in the first season of The Ultimate Fighter reality series. Moving on, he compiled a record of 22 appearances for the UFC organization.

 

Chris celebrated five victories in succession before suffering a knockout loss to future UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva. Chris is regarded and known for his toughness, powerful left hand, focus, and mental stamina.

Coaching and Training Background

  • 2002:  I started with Team Quest in Portland, OR where I trained under light heavyweight and heavyweight champion, Randy Couture, and Olympic Silver Medalist, and UFC veteran, Matt Lindland.

  • 2003: I took up my first coaching position with Team Quest teaching jiu-jitsu and kickboxing.

  • 2007-2009:  I started working at Icon in Hawaii as the head coach teaching kickboxing, Jiu-Jitsu, and managed fight times while I continued on with my UFC career.

  • 2009-2013:  I opened my own facility in Hawaii called The Ultimate Fight School teaching kickboxing, boxing, mixed martial arts, wrestling, and Jiu-Jitsu.

  • 2015-2020: I coached at the arena in San Diego teaching Jiu-Jitsu, wrestling, and coached the MMA fight team.

  • 2016-present: ATC combative instructor course instructor.

Experience

  • Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Baret Yoshida.

  • Competed in boxing, kickboxing, and mixed martial arts.

  • Bare-knuckle fighting

    • I help run their fighter tryouts, reviewing and selecting athletes for the promotion.

  • Judge and referee for CAMO (California Amateur Martial Arts Organization) from 2016-present in the state of CA.

Accomplishments

• All-time leader and UFC Middleweight fights (22)

• WEC Middleweight Championship

• Gladiator Challenge Middleweight Championship

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