On July 2nd at UFC 132 Chris Leben takes on MMA legend Wanderlei "The Axe Murderer" Silva in a fight that is sure to be explosive. Leben is coming off a loss to Brian Stann and knows the importance of getting back in the win column. On today's UFC conference call, Leben talked about how much easier it is to get motivated for the likes of Wanderlei as compared to Stann, and gives his reasons for why he lost to Brian.
Fighting Wanderlei it’s a little easier for me to train a little harder. There’s nothing more motivating than a loss. I went out and had a bad performance and that’s due to mistakes I made. It makes me want to correct those things and let everybody know, hey, I’m better than what they saw. I’ve had my ups and downs for sure. With the Brian Stann fight it left a shitty taste and I want to go out and get back on the winning side of things. There nothing bigger than a win over Wanderlei. That’s huge.
I’ve had a lot of fights and I should have known better but I think I just got a little comfortable. I was feeling really good after my three fight win streak. I was feeling good and I underestimated Brian Stann a little bit. I think the biggest thing that got affected actually was my diet. I came in just a little bit too heavy, and I cut too much weight. This time, I’ll be honest, I’m excited to fight Wanderlei. And a little scared at the same time too. I think for me that’s definitely a very motivating and driving emotion. I’m really focusing a lot harder on my diet, and when I’m in the gym I’m in the gym 110 percent. I’m listening to my coaches and I’m putting everything in because I want to go out and I want to win this fight. Regardless of whether I win lose or draw I want to go out and at least put on a fantastic show for the fans. So for me the biggest thing is, I’m waking up at the same time, I’m going to bed at the same time. I’m eating a bunch of crappy food that’s good for me. I’m doing the right things. I’m doing all the stuff I’m supposed to.