Chris Leben’s Trainer Says “The Crippler” Still Unsure About Retirement

December 31, 2013 12:37 pm by Jim Chadwick

Chris Leben is old school.

Like the primordial UFC warriors who relied almost entirely on heart and toughness to get their hands raised, Leben’s typical game plan seems to consist mainly of wading through punches and delivering bombs to his opponent’s face.

“The Crippler” has found a good amount of success with that game plan, as well as a large fanbase. But recently, that success is becoming harder and harder to find.

Leben faced off against Uriah Hall this past Saturday at UFC 168, and was defeated for the fourth time in as many fights. This sparked talks of retirement in the MMA community, with fans and journalists wondering if the 11-year veteran would hang up the gloves, or go back to the drawing board.

Leben took to Twitter on Sunday, congratulating Hall and adding some fuel to the retirement fire:

According to Leben’s trainer Eric Del Fierro however, retirement talk might be a little premature.

He hasn’t decided yet,” Del Fierro recently told

If “The Crippler” does in fact retire from the sport of mixed martial arts, it will be on his own accord. Dana White has always loved that “old school” mentality when it comes to his fighters; a fact that he reiterated at the post-fight press conference.

We don’t cut guys like that,” White said, speaking of the fighters who give us “knock down, drag them out wars” and who “[keep] moving forward and trying to win“.

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