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Chris Leben plans to make a statement in return to the ring

UFC middleweight Chris Leben has remained off the radar since being suspended last November for a failed drug test. However, when the 32-year old brawler takes to the Octagon on December 29 at UFC 155 against Karlos Vemola he plans on letting his presence known to all by scoring a spectacular stoppage.

“I want to get back in the mix, so I’ve got to go out and handle Vemola, and then hopefully Joe Silva will put me up against a little bigger name,” said Leben in an interview with MMAJunkie. “Watching the tape, I don’t see any spots that I’m extremely worried about. I can fight him wherever he goes. I think as far as game plan goes, it’s just weathering that storm the first minute out of the gate.”

Leben also explained he’d be using his time away from the cage to improve his overall skill-set though he admitted he’s still the slugger fans have come to know and love over the past seven years.

“Once I get punched in the face, [I’m] going to revert right back to what works,” confessed “The Crippler”.

The 22-8 Leben has finished twelve of his opponents via TKO with another five wins by way of submission as well. He holds notable victories over a handful of stand-outs including Yoshihiro Akiyama, Jorge Santiago, and Wanderlei Silva.