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Fear and Excitement is Chris Leben’s Motivation for UFC 132

Written on June 22, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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"I want to go out and get back on the winning side of things, and there’s nothing bigger than a win over Wanderlei, that would be huge." --- Chris Leben, UFC Middleweight Fighter

Through the years, had his own share of ups and downs both professionally and personally. However, he remained candid about the mistakes he committed and his ways to correct them.

His last fight against gave him a devastating loss on his record. Chris Leben was a favorite during that time, and he was also carrying a three-fight win streak to the bout. Still, mistakes were done. But being the reflective fighter that he was, Chris Leben admitted that he probably took his opponent lightly. He also pointed out his diet, and that the rough weight cut didn’t help his cause at all.

And now that his last fight is put behind, Chris Leben can now focus on the task ahead — former PRIDE champion, . A fight with the Brazilian is something that Chris Leben has been wanting for almost a decade now. With as one of his heroes, meeting him at can be exhilarating and terrifying at the same time.

“There’s nothing more motivating than a loss. I’ve had my ups and downs for sure, with the Brian Stann fight, it left a (expletive) taste in my mouth and I want to go out and get back on the winning side of things, and there’s nothing bigger than a win over Wanderlei, that would be huge.

“I’ll be honest, I’m excited to fight Wanderlei and I’m a little scared at the same time too, but I think for me that’s a very motivating and driving emotion.”

Chris Leben will prove that the changes he made works, when he meets Wanderlei Silva on July 2 at UFC 132’s co-main event.

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