UFC Middleweight Chris Leben has made even more life changes ahead of his UFC 162: Silva Vs Weidman bout with Andrew Craig. Leben has picked up stakes, and has moved to San Diego to train with Alliance MMA. Leben said he is happy with the move, but he is even happier with the quality of training he is getting. Leben said it took sometime for the guys at the gym to warm up to him, but they are slowly learning that he isn’t the character they saw on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter.
Leben told MMAJunkie:
“If you’ve got to move from Hawaii, San Diego’s probably your only option. I love Hawaii. But there’s just not a lot going on out there. If you’re looking to retire, Hawaii’s fantastic. But I’m training at Alliance, and the quality of training there, it’s phenomenal. I think it’s a really, really good move for me… I’ve had a lot of ups and downs in my career. But with the new gym and sticking to my diet and actually walking the line, I feel 10 years younger now than when I was competing earlier. I’m performing better in the gym and we hopefully get to have that transfer over come (fight) night. I don’t see myself hanging my hat up anytime soon.”
“I can’t tell you just how nervous I was. But obviously everyone at the gym is concerned because one bad apple can spoil the whole bunch. And what they have at Alliance is, there’s such a camaraderie and a team feeling. At first, I feel like it was a probational period. But I feel like I’m getting to the end of that now where I’m showing them I’m 32 years old, I’m married, I’m not the crazy ‘Crippler’ that you guys saw on the first ‘Ultimate Fighter’ – that’s not me anymore. I want to go in, train hard, do my work and be a productive member of this team. I think those guys are starting to see that now. Everyone’s starting to open up and we’re starting to talk a little more. So it’s definitely moving in the right direction.”
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