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Sugary treats betrayed Chris Leben

We’d heard reports in the weeks after UFC 125 that Chris Leben was barfing up a storm in the hours leading up to his fight with Brian Stann. Everyone just assumed it was a flu or food poisoning or a bad cut or something, but it turns out that Leben did it to himself in an interesting fashion:

“I ate a bunch of candy, dude. I’m not lying,” said Leben, who, of course, also stressed that he didn’t want to take anything away from Stann’s victory.

“I didn’t eat sugar for like two months. Then after I made weight I went and bought gummy bears and chocolate and ice cream, and I ate that. My body hadn’t had sugar, so I was backstage puking, sh—ing and puking when I was on-deck for that fight. That’s not a lie; that’s the truth. And Brian Stann fought an amazing fight, but hindsight’s 20/20. No gummy bears for me this fight.”

Normally we give fighters shit for offering up excuses but this doesn’t sound so much like an excuse as an admission of dumb-assery. It’s too bad he probably yakked up most of the offending sweets before getting into the cage. I’ve always wanted to see someone get hit so hard candy comes out.

18 COMMENTS
  • Letibleu says:

    Wow, now we know how to get Leben into an unmarked windowless van!

  • DJ ThunderElbows says:

    Out of many over the years, I think this is your absolute best closing line.

    Leben is a fascinating fighter.

  • frickshun says:

    Pinata joke is funny.

    This is also a fucking hilarious story in itself. I wish Marquardt’s excuse was this entertaining.

  • Roxy says:

    Food and weight is REALLY hard to manage.

     

    In the past, when I used to cut some weight, I almost always over-ate after weighins, and I almost always had diahrrea the day of the fight.  In Okinawa it was really bad, actually, because I wanted to try all the new foods of that island nation.   Okay that was probably too much information, but we fighters have to remember that taking care of our bodies are JUST as important as training and dieting in the first place.   Heck, I might have gotten food poisoning at New Years and had to pull out of the fight…I’m still not 100% clear on what happened.  So now I’m only eating safe food right up until after the fight. @[email protected]

  • Letibleu says:

    Omo, Leben did not say he got sick watching a guy pretend he can deep throat a giant gummy worm, he said he ate too much candy.

  • FiveBoltMain says:

    this reminds me of a whitest kids you know skit.

  • CAP says:

    This is an interesting topic I have always wondered about. Fighters eat so clean to make weight and perform at their best then after weigh ins a lot of them inhale pizzas and other garbage to pack the pounds back on. I just gotta think that would make you feel like crap after staying away form that stuff for so long and actually hinder fighter performance.

  • Omomatta says:

    I know that a lot of guys cut out most carbohydrates while cutting. I can speak first hand that when you’re on a low carb/no carb diet and reintroduce carbs, your muscles can gas quickly. Your glycogen stores replenish and basically rehydrate. I can see how that seriously affected Leben. What a dumbass.

  • Blackula Jonez says:

    sucks that this happened, leben always struck me as a guy with excellent impulse controll.

  • DJ ThunderElbows says:

    ^Ha!!

  • SST says:

    ^^LOL @ Leti

  • FagSmasher says:

    I’ve trained and fought before and I have to side with Leben. I’ve thrown up before at training, and after that happens, it’s over. I usually have to leave or if I do continue to train I have zero energy and feel dizzy.

    Something about throwing up just wrecks your body badly. Takes pretty much all the energy out of you, I don’t know how.

    I cut weight once and I Was very careful about how much I put back in. I ate modestly and drank alot of fluid. Sure as hell wouldn’t eat fucking candy.

  • Komodo says:

    Leti is on a tear.

  • Grappo says:

    “No wonder this clown died… he was full of CANDY!”

    This is an interesting topic I have always wondered about. Fighters eat so clean to make weight and perform at their best then after weigh ins a lot of them inhale pizzas and other garbage to pack the pounds back on. I just gotta think that would make you feel like crap after staying away form that stuff for so long and actually hinder fighter performance.

    I thought most of them just drank a lot fluids (ewww) and electrolytes to replace the water they sucked out of their muscles in the cut.  Maybe eat a little bit, but not gorge yourself on crap that you’re no longer accustomed to.  After Cung Le’s last fight, one of the first things he mentioned, IN THE CAGE, was how he couldn’t wait to get backstage and eat the cookies and pizza that were waiting for him.  If that cookie monster could wait until after the fight, I gotta figure that most fighters (that actually fight regularly, for a living) would know better than to pig out before a fight.  Leben is just an exception(al moron).  Not even food, fucking candy.

     

    Not really correlative, but interesting, when the Allieds first started liberating the concentration camps, a lot of people died from overeating.  Their bodies couldn’t handle the shock.  How sad is that?  Surviving the horrors of the death camps, only to die from food after being saved.

  • G Funk says:

    fitting that fagsmasher says he’s an MMA fighter.

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