Chris Leben, former WEC middleweight champion and TUF 1 contestant has faced a very tough few years. Following his forced retirement due to a life threatening heart condition, we take a little look at Chris Leben’s return to combat sports and his upcoming Bare Knuckle Boxing Match with Justin Baesman.
Following his initial retirement from the UFC, Leben took a 2 year hiatus before it was revealed by Scott Coker in 2016 he would be joining Bellator. The proposed multi fight deal would unfortunately not come to fruition, as his medical condition would soon come to be known.
During the Physical examination, Leben failed several EKG tests. A statement released by the doctor indicated he had a ”life threatening” abnormality to the left side of his heart. The ventricle was not working correctly so Leben was unable to be cleared for action.
Thankfully 2 years later, Leben fought against all the odds and was cleared by doctors to return to action.
Now back in training, ”The Crippler” and his team began to scout around promotions to see if there were any fights available, which is when WBKFF got in touch. The bare knuckle promotion booked Leben to face Phil Baroni on their inaugural card on November 9th, 2018. Leben went on to win his return via first round TKO, he later however sued WBKFF for $90,000 in unpaid wages.
Looking forward now to his co main event fight with Justin Baesman on April 6th for Bareknuckle FC. Chris Leben will be looking to get back to his old ways and give fans an exciting match! The card will be headlined by Artem Lobov vs Jason Knight.
To learn more about Chris’s story please visit the link below: https://www.thearenagym.com/chrislebenstory/