UFC middleweight Chris Leben has established a reputation for himself as one of the organization’s most entertaining fighters based on a fearless, ferocious approach to stand-up. However, Leben’s last bout was fairly forgettable based on the 32-year old’s inability to deal with opponent Derek Brunson’s relentless grappling attack.

Leben doesn’t expect the same issue to surface the next time he takes to the Octagon, recently telling Inside MMA he’s been offered a match-up against a fighter who should be happy to strike rather than rely on takedowns/clinch-work.

“That’s the one thing I wanted more than anything, especially after my last fight. I believe that not only am I a martial artist and an athlete but we’re entertainers in this sport. Our fans pay good money for those PPVs and those seats. And a lot of the guys these days, they’re fighting to not lose instead of fighting to win and beat their opponent.”

“So that was one of the things with my next fight. I said, ”˜Give me someone I can put a show on with.’”

Check out the full conversation with Leben below:


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