Bellator signs Chris Leben
<p dir="ltr">Bellator MMA has signed UFC veteran Chris Leben, as announced by Scott Coker on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThCv2s3ReBA&feature=youtu.be">Friday’s edition of <em>Inside MMA.</em></a></p>
<p dir="ltr">Leben (22-11) has been retired for just over two years now. His last fight was against Uriah Hall at UFC 168 which marked his fourth loss in a row. Leben’s most notable UFC victories came against Wanderlei Silva, Patrick Cote, and Jorge Rivera.</p>
<p dir="ltr">In the second half of 2015, Leben faced substance abuse issues and also<a href="http://mmajunkie.com/2015/08/chris-leben-sentenced-to-120-days-reports-to-jail-sept-21"> served a 120-day jail sentence.</a></p>
<p dir="ltr">Coker broke the news on Inside MMA with Bas Rutten and Kenny Rice.</p>
<p dir="ltr">“Just yesterday, we signed Chris Leben. We met with him and felt comfortable. He’s got some physicals to pass, but pending the passing of all his physicals, he’ll be a Bellator fighter,” said Coker.</p>
<p dir="ltr">Bellator has also<a href="http://roughcopy.com/news/benson-henderson-signs-bellator"> recently signed former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson </a>which came by surprise to most of the MMA community.</p>
Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.