UFC Star Nearly Dies After Going On Life Support

Chris Leben was one of the first contestants in the original season of The Ultimate Fighter. He has been fighting a huge war against COVID-19. After being infected for the second time, Chris Leben was hospitalized earlier this month.



Chris Leben spoke to San Diego’s ABC 10news from his hospital bed even. While doctors are optimistic about Leben’s recovery, the former UFC star knows he still has quite a way to go before he can feel healthy again. He even feared for his life and had to be put on a ventilator. He described some of the thoughts that went through his head during the scary process.

Leben has been removed from life support and he is grateful for that. He believes that a recovery could be possible. However, Chris added that severe damage was already done to his lungs due to the virus.

“It was horrible. It was like I was drowning, and just fighting for a breath, I was ready to tap out, and the reason was I didn’t tap is because of my child … If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t have had the fight to get through those days.

“Everything is damaged and scarred 100%, (I will) Fight my way back to 100%. To have that opportunity, it’s such a blessing

During his UFC career, Leben (22-12) scored wins over notable names from his time, such as Wanderlei Silva, Patrick Cote and Yoshihiro Akiyama, among others. After being released from the UFC in 2013, the 41-year-old did not compete in mixed martial arts anymore.

Chris started competing in bare knuckle boxing in 2018, where he got a decent 4-1 record, with the latest bout being a February 2021 KO win over Quentin Henry. He then retired for good.

Harrison Carter
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