It takes a certain kind of person to do whatever is necessary to make a living as a mixed martial arts fighter. And it takes another kind of person to stand out from all the rest as both a wild man and a rock star. Chris Leben, otherwise known as "The Crippler", is that kind of person.
Leben's reputation started when he appeared on the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter, a reality show and competition where hopeful fighters live together and vie for a UFC contract and a path to greatness. He quickly made a name for himself with his controversial and abrasive behavior. During his subsequent 10-year career in ultimate fighting, Leben became one of the most recognized figures in the sport, enthralling audiences around the world with his wild, headfirst style of fighting as he took on some of the world's best fighters, including Anderson Silva, Yoshihiro Akiyama, and Wanderlei Silva.
But Leben's success in the ring and international fame hid a troubled background. Abandoned by his father at a young age, Leben's mother worked long hours to raise him and his two siblings, and Leben learned early he had to be tough to fend for himself. For most of his life, Leben struggled with alcohol and narcotics, and he was suspended by the UFC for nine months for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. The Crippler is not just an exciting account of his rise to prominence within the UFC; it's the incredible story of a renowned wild man dealing with his personal demons and learning that the toughest opponent is always yourself.
This was a great listen. Pleasantly surprised..... This was very easy to listen to, and would kept me interested the entire time. The Narrator also did a great job. I would say this is a solid 5 stars for any MMA fan.
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enjoyed the read, very interesting life he had. It kept me occupied on a long drive from Dallas to San Antonio.
this book has a lot of wild stories in it about a really tough person inside the cage and out.even with abuse problems,terrible childhood and actually a soft inside of strong emotions. a resilient person with true perseverance. who would be loyal to friends and family even to a fault.i hope his life turns around and he succeeds. I know with his heart he will
good reading. except that the reader mispronounces name after name after name. clearly he doesn't know mma.
The book was excellent! Chris Leben is tough guy who overcame so much from his childhood to the present. I wish him the best in the future.
Overall excellent fight autobiography I would say is marginally the best ufc book available. Worthwhile
hated him on TUF but i found myself massively rooting for chris
one of the best books ive read
A powerful look into the soul of the Crippler. The saying that 'You're a product of your environment' rings true here. Overcoming adversity every step of the way to become a part of history. Congratulations Chris