Andrew Craig had the chance to fight longtime veteran Chris Leben at UFC 162 and made the most of it. While he nearly knocked Leben out, he was unable and instead Craig took the split-decision win.
“I hope [Leben] sticks around,” said Craig to MMA Fighting. “He’s a fan of favorite. I made a name with the social media that came after me. I think he’s a great guy, better fighter and would love to see him stick around.”
It marked Leben’s third loss in a row to bring him to 1-4 since 2011. During that latest run he was suspended for one year due to painkillers in his system. His first presence for the UFC was when he signed for The Ultimate Fighter’s first season in 2005. UFC president Dana White said he wasn’t sure what would happen to Leben with this latest loss.
Craig was able to return to his winning ways since a loss to start the year from Ronny Markes. He’s 3-1 for the UFC and before joining the promotion was undefeated with another six wins. They came from Legacy FC and Bellator.
The middleweights closed the prelims part of UFC 162. It was this past Saturday, July 6.