Some have called tomorrow’s UFC 138: Leben vs. Muñoz fight card underwhelming. Though it may lack a Jon Jones or Brock Lesnar in the headline slot, the card features several promising fights and, as UFC 138 main eventer pointed out this week, it’s not the name that makes the fight.
“I don’t care,” Leben said when asked at this week’s presser if he minded the criticism directed at the card’s lineup. “All I care about is getting better, training. When they offered up Mark and said, ‘Hey, main event.’ I said, ‘You know what? That’s great. That’s a great idea.’ Why? Because, just like he said, we both throw bombs. You guys are gonna have a main event you’re not gonna have to worry about. Sometimes we put these main events together because of their names and what? It sucks. We’re gonna get in there and we’re gonna do it. I promise you a great show.”
Leben expanded on the idea that it’s very often the most hyped fights that fall flat, relaying his observation that some of the sport’s top figures look like they’re fighting more to avoid losing than to achieve victory. He promised that fans will see none of that on his end come fight night.
“I’ve been watching a lot of fights lately where the champs – maybe it’s just me – but it seems like they’re fighting not to lose,” he said. “For myself, I’ll quit if that’s what I start doing. I fight to win. I fight to finish my opponent. I don’t fight to not lose and that’s what you’re gonna see.”
UFC 138 goes down tomorrow, November 5, from the LG Arena in Birmingham, England. FightLine will be back with live, ongoing coverage of the event beginning at 12:30pm ET.