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TUF 1 alum Chris Leben hospitalized for post-COVID respiratory issues

UFC veteran and TUF 1 alum Chris Leben reveals he’s been dealing with post-COVID breathing issues.

Chris Leben prepares for his bare-knuckle boxing fight against Quentin Henry in February 2021.
Chris Leben prepares for his bare-knuckle boxing fight against Quentin Henry in February 2021.
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In November, TUF 1 alum Diego Sanchez shared his COVID battle with the rest of the world. The 40-year-old “Nightmare” had it quite bad, enduring a hospital stay for blood clots and pneumonia.

This week, it was revealed that his TUF castmate Chris Leben suffered a similar fate. The 41-year-old shared a brief health update via a recent Instagram post.

“So I’ve been in the hospital since Tuesday,” Leben wrote. “I went in after a cough and shortness of breath I developed after Covid. I’m not one to bellyache to the world. But if you haven’t seen me at the gym or around that is why.

“And if you can shoot some positive vibes my way other than that I don’t really wanna say much until we know exactly what’s going on,” he concluded.

Leben went on a four-fight skid in the UFC from 2011 to 2013 before announcing his retirement from professional competition. He returned to action as a bare-knuckle boxer in 2018 and has since compiled a 3-1 record.

His last fight took place in February 2021 against Quentin Henry and won via first-round KO. He subsequently announced his second retirement after the bout.