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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.
©2016 Chris Leben and Daniel J. Patinkin (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
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By King Hap on 03-03-16

Must read for a MMA or Crippler fan

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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By kings90 on 01-07-18

Good read

enjoyed the read, very interesting life he had. It kept me occupied on a long drive from Dallas to San Antonio.

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By Glyn on 09-15-16


hated him on TUF but i found myself massively rooting for chris
one of the best books ive read

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By Dave Avila on 07-15-16

Just beautiful.

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

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