The Crippler: Cage Fighting and My Life on the Edge

By Daniel J. Patinkin

It takes a undeniable type of individual to do no matter what is important to make a residing as a combined martial arts fighter. And it takes one other form of individual to stick out from the entire leisure as either a wild guy and a rock superstar. Chris Leben, another way often called “The Crippler,” is that sort of person.

Leben’s popularity all started whilst he seemed at the inaugural season of The final Fighter, a truth express and festival the place hopeful combatants reside jointly and vie for a UFC agreement and a route to greatness. He fast made a reputation for himself together with his arguable and abrasive habit. in the course of his next ten-year occupation in final struggling with, Leben turned the most well-known figures within the game, captivating audiences world wide together with his wild, head-first sort of combating as he took on many of the world’s most sensible warring parties, together with Anderson Silva, Yoshihiro Akiyama, and Wanderlei Silva.

But Leben’s luck within the ring and overseas status concealed a stricken historical past. deserted via his father at a tender age, Leben’s mom labored lengthy hours to elevate him and his siblings, and Leben discovered early he needed to be tricky to fend for himself. for many of his existence, Leben struggled with alcohol and narcotics, and he was once suspended via the UFC for 9 months for trying out optimistic for performance-enhancing medicinal drugs. The Crippler isn't just an exhilarating account of his upward push to prominence in the UFC; it’s the awesome tale of a popular wild guy facing his own demons and studying that the hardest opponent is often yourself.

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My whereabouts have been entering concentration, yet I couldn’t precisely piece jointly what had occurred over the last twelve hours or so. the very last thing I remembered used to be assembly my brother Tyler at a margarita stand close to Caesar’s Palace. He labored there 4 nights every week these days, mixing low-quality tequila, overwhelmed ice, and margarita combine. He was once like a minimum-wage drugs guy, enthusiastically allotting the powerful cocktail in plastic backyard glasses to travelers desirous to tie one on and ignore their shitty lives again in suburban Ohio and Little Rock, Arkansas. briefly, at twenty-six years previous, with a meth challenge and never a pot to piss in, my brother was once an aimless degenerate. yet I didn’t pass judgement on him too harshly. That was once par for the direction in my relations. i used to be a degenerate, too, after all—just no longer so aimless. I stripped off my dirty garments and stepped into the bathe. I cranked the water temperature as excessive as i'll endure within the hopes that the serious warmth might by some means detoxify my blood and straightforwardness my nausea. This, back, used to be no longer international territory for me. throughout the two-month education camp prime as much as this struggle, I had proven up hungover to so much of my early practices. i really harbored a deranged feel of satisfaction within the proven fact that, chemically impaired, i used to be capable of entire the grueling energy and conditioning classes that trainer Matt Hume placed us via every one morning. My teammates there in Seattle on the American Martial Arts heart (AMC), for the main half, wouldn’t have thought of ingesting greater than a pitcher of wine the evening prior to this type of periods, less 3 or 4 sixteen-ounce tallboys of malt liquor, as was once my common perform. I permit the new water fall seriously onto the pinnacle of my head, its rumbling spray soothing my cranium. regardless of the discomfort, i used to be no longer ashamed of myself—not consciously no less than. I come from a family members within which, actually, beer is a breakfast merchandise. I’m no longer kidding. at the weekends, when you didn’t have a can of Schlitz on your hand by means of 10:00 AM, you then have been both in mattress with pneumonia otherwise you have been a fucking weirdo so far as we have been involved. My mom was once a tremendous time drinker. My brother Tyler, my uncles, my aunts—all outrageous boozehounds. i used to be raised to get inebriated within the comparable method that standard boys are raised to sweep their tooth. It used to be day-by-day, inspired, and regimen. So, till good into my maturity, disgrace used to be now not even a recognizable a part of that equation. yet melancholy used to be. long ago few years i've got come to gain that i've got suffered from routine melancholy considering that concerning the age of ten. And, although i didn't know it that manner, as I stood within the MGM Grand inn bathe, a creek of scum flowing into the drain, i used to be depressed. i couldn't placed my finger on it, precisely, yet my feelings have been off-kilter. and that i used to be beautiful yes that it needed to do with the murky court cases of the evening prior to. i used to be 3 days clear of my moment struggle within the UFC. Spiritually, even though, i might have most well-liked to twist up in a ball in a dismal room for a month. To be transparent, i used to be now not suicidal.

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