Chris Leben is ending his three-year retirement for Bellator MMA.
Bellator president Scott Coker announced on “Inside MMA” Friday that “The Crippler” will sign a contract if he can pass his physicals.
Leben, an alum of the first season of The Ultimate Fighter, holds a record of 22-11 in his career. He competed 22 times for the UFC, advancing to the semifinals of TUF.
“He’s got some physicals to pass, but pending the passing (of his physicals), he’ll be a Bellator fighter,” Coker said. “From the beginning, we made a public statement that we’re looking for the best free agents.”
After a fourth consecutive loss in 2013 to Uriah Hall, Leben stepped away from the sport. He’s fought demons outside of the cage, including two arrests for driving under the influence and two positive tests for banned substances.