Morning Report: Chris Leben apologizes for tweets blasting UFC, citing grief

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

It's been a bit of a rough past month for former UFC middleweight Chris Leben. Aside from transitioning away from fighting and dealing with that shift in identity, Leben also revealed that much of his winnings earned throughout his career were squandered on illegal drugs. After telling Ariel Helwani his time fighting in the UFC had 'been a fantastic, wonderful ride' lacking regrets, Leben's tone changed Sunday in a single tweet.

2014_medium

Emotional and dealing with the death of his pet dog, Leben sounded anything but satisfied with how his days of fighting had left him. Whether or not and to what extent fighters should receive longterm physical and mental health coverage is another debate, but it speaks volumes to have a stalwart like Leben speak so ill of his experience just weeks removed.

Even so, Leben later removed the tweet, citing the loss of his dog for the outburst. The UFC was also quick to respond privately to Leben.

It's easy to dismiss emotional comments from emotional people, but this instance asks some larger questions. For the sake of their business, it's something the UFC is sure to try to resolve.

Star-divide

5 MUST-READ STORIES

Clarity. Chuck Mindenhall tries to make sense of the UFC's shifting middleweight division.

Next at 185? Lyoto Machida wants a shot at the UFC's middleweight title but he's also willing to wait. "They have great fighters, like Jacare. It's their decision, and I'll be waiting."

Gil to Bellator. Dave Meltzer explains how Gilbert Melendez' new deal with Bellator affects the entire sport.

Leave Daniel alone. Sara McMann doesn't appreciate Patrick Cummins telling everyone he once made Daniel Cormier cry.

Cyborg strikes back. Cris Cyborg tells Dana White to test her for performance enhancing drugs or stop making accusations.

Star-divide

MEDIA STEW

Star-divide

Highlights: Lyoto Machida vs. Gegard Mousasi and Jacare Souza vs. Francis Carmont.

Star-divide

Nice spotlight on Sara McMann.

Star-divide

Don Frye's picks for UFC 170.

Star-divide

Teaser for Stuart Cooper's ADCC 2013 documentary series.

Star-divide

Cormier talks about his past with Cummins.

Star-divide

Miguel Torres fought this weekend. Meh.

Star-divide

Long watches.

UFC Fight Night 36; Machida vs. Mousasi 6th Round post-fight commentary

Star-divide

TWEETS

Make sure to check out our 'Pros React' piece for everything from UFC Fight Night 36.

Star-divide

Victory lap.

Star-divide

Better luck next time.

(I'm sorry, I was done with no good place. Is a complete defeat. I will start over.)

Star-divide

Congrats to the new Invicta signees.

Star-divide

But is this a new pic?

Star-divide

Uncle Creepy seems cool with it.

Star-divide

That's a tough brother assignment.

Star-divide

FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced this weekend (Feb. 14-16 2014)

Clay Guida vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri at UFC Fight Night 39

Star-divide

FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Da Headbanger.

What We NOW Know About UFC Fight Night 36 Main Card... and What Should NOW Be Done

Try to keep your cool fight fans. Two weeks after the UFC set a record with 10 decisions at an event at UFC 169, they end up getting 10 decisions at UFC Fight Night 36. Dana White was cranky enough (probably an understatement) after UFC 169, I'm sure that he is just a bit more peeved this time around. Out of those 10 decisions, only one was a real stinker and most offered some pretty good action. Could the event have been better. Well... yeah. And some finishes certainly would have helped with that sentiment. So was the event a disaster? Hell no! Quit concentrating on what wasn't there and pay attention to what was there.

The biggest development to come out of Fight Night 36 is Lyoto Machida walked away with a victory and as a result should get a middleweight title shot as Dana White said he would likely get if he won. White has been known to promise those before only to rescind them and has done so to Machida before. So we'll have to wait and see how that development plays out. I could see White pulling it back due to the fact Machida didn't get a finish, but Machida did go for some kill shots that just didn't do the trick and dominated the fight. There is no good reason Machida shouldn't get next.

...

Check out the rest of the post here.

Star-divide

Found something you'd like to see in the Morning Report? Just hit me up on Twitter @SaintMMA and we'll include it in tomorrow's column.

More from MMA Fighting

In This Article

Events
Fighters
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join MMA Fighting

You must be a member of MMA Fighting to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMA Fighting. You should read them.

Join MMA Fighting

You must be a member of MMA Fighting to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMA Fighting. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5349_tracker