Bellator Locks In "The Crippler" Chris Leben

It’s been a busy time for Bellator MMA with the ink still drying on Benson Henderson’s new deal, and just around the time “The Prodigy” BJ Penn has decided to come out of retirement to fight Nick Lentz at UFC 197, so has “The Crippler” Chris Leben. The signing was announced on this past week’s edition of Inside MMA by Bellator President Scott Coker.

Leben will be entering his new organization after leaving the sport on a downslide-- 0-4 in his final bouts including a KO finish by Uriah “Primetime” Hall which led to his initial retirement after UFC 168. As mentioned by Coker on Inside MMA, everything will be official pending the passing of Leben’s physical exams. Coker said of Leben: “If I were to draw up the prototypical Bellator MMA competitor, there would be parts of Chris [Leben] in there. The guy has never had a boring fight and as I’ve said from day one, we’re going to continue to grow from the ground up and buy from the top down. I know that Chris still has a lot of fight left in him and I’m excited to see him fight We are hoping to see his Bellator debut this Spring.”