Report: Leben Almost Pulled From UFC 138 By Medical Staff

November 7, 2011 6:00 am by Pedro Carrasco

According to a report coming out of the UK based, Fighters Only Magazine, sources within the Leben camp disclosed that the Hawaiian based fighter suffered through a terrible weight cut to which he had to lose 21 pounds in 24 hours.

Observers could see a fatigued Leben in the cage this past Saturday, and this leak of information could give us a solid explanation as to why he gassed so easily. However, this is just a “non-disclosed” source and we have been unable to validate its authenticity through sources of our own.

The Fighters Only Report reads as follows:

A source close to Leben told Fighters Only on Friday that Leben had been left “shattered” by the amount of weight he had to cut on weigh-in day.

He was in the hotel sauna from Friday morning hooded up and wearing layers of clothing as he sweated water out of his body.

His dehydration and general condition was such that one of the medical team backstage said Leben would be pulled from the fight if thing deteriorated any further.

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