We’d heard reports in the weeks after UFC 125 that Chris Leben was barfing up a storm in the hours leading up to his fight with Brian Stann. Everyone just assumed it was a flu or food poisoning or a bad cut or something, but it turns out that Leben did it to himself in an interesting fashion:
“I ate a bunch of candy, dude. I’m not lying,” said Leben, who, of course, also stressed that he didn’t want to take anything away from Stann’s victory.
“I didn’t eat sugar for like two months. Then after I made weight I went and bought gummy bears and chocolate and ice cream, and I ate that. My body hadn’t had sugar, so I was backstage puking, sh—ing and puking when I was on-deck for that fight. That’s not a lie; that’s the truth. And Brian Stann fought an amazing fight, but hindsight’s 20/20. No gummy bears for me this fight.”
Normally we give fighters shit for offering up excuses but this doesn’t sound so much like an excuse as an admission of dumb-assery. It’s too bad he probably yakked up most of the offending sweets before getting into the cage. I’ve always wanted to see someone get hit so hard candy comes out.