Leben Not Impressed With Cote

June 30, 2005

Chris Leben is preparing to take on Patrick Cote August 6th, live on Spike TV. Coming off a dominating win over Jason Thacker, Chris seems focused, and determined to make himself known for his fighting skill rather than just that guy on the reality show. Leben spoke with MMAWeekly SoundOff Radio about his preparation, and his opponent, Patrick Cote.

“I won my Thacker fight, but I don’t even really count that as a fight, so it’s like I’m coming off loses. You know? Coming off getting cut, and getting held down, so I’ve been pretty fired up since the show. This whole time I’ve just been training twice a day every day pretty much. Pretty much that’s all I do. I sleep. I eat, and I train. That’s it.” “I’ve just been training like crazy…getting ready for this fight.” Chris Leben told MMAWeekly.

Chris was questioned if he’s scaled back his partying since the reality show. He answered, “Quite a bit. Quite a bit. I took a few solid months off, and now I really don’t, I really don’t go out and party much anymore. You know? Having a girlfriend really helps with that. I just stay in, so it’s pretty boring nowadays actually.”

Discussing his opponent for the August 6th show, Patrick Cote, Leben isn’t particularly impressed by Cote. He said, “I don’t know that I really saw nothing that special out of him to be honest with you. He didn’t look like he had the slickest submissions on the ground, or anything like that. You know he can take a hit, and I can take a hit. He likes to punch. I like to punch. It looks like a fun fight to me. I mean the advantage that I have over him, I’m probably slicker on the ground I would guess. Other than that it looks like a fun fight.”

Asked about Patrick’s stand up, Chris replied, “He throws straight punches which is rare in the UFC. He throws straight punches, and you know he rocked Tito that one time”

Leben’s only concern is, “Me getting cut. That’s the only thing I can really see happening in the fight that I have to worry about. You know? I mean I’ve never been knocked out before, not in a fight, so I don’t think he’ll be able to knock me out. I’ll be punishing back just as hard whiles he’s trying to do it, so I’m not really worried about that, and I don’t think he has excellent submissions either.” He added, “I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve though. I’ve got a few surprises for you. I’ll make sure to make it an exciting fight.”

In closing Chris commented, “Right now, where I stand, I’m pretty happy. You know? I mean being locked into that contract, there’s something to be said about that. It’s sure worth a lot of money.” “I lost, so I didn’t get the contract, so now, you know, it’s just one foot in front of the other. I’m just training, and worried about my next fight, and after this fight I suppose I’ll sit back, and look at things, and figure out which way I want to go, and worry about my next fight.”