Middleweight UFC fighter and “Ultimate Fighter” cast member Chris Leben has signed a new contract with the UFC. The new deal boosts his pay from a $10,000 base-salary and $10,000 win bonus to $25,000 “to show” and $25,000 “to win”. The length of the new deal has not been released.
After starting his career with a 10-1 record, Leben appeared on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter but lost both of his bouts on the show against Josh Koscheck and Kenny Florian. On the finale of the season Leben defeated Jason Thacker. Leben then went on to win fights against Patrick Cote, Edwin Dewees, Jorge Rivera, and Luigi Fioravanti before losing to Anderson Silva at UFC Fight Night 5. After another UFC win over Jorge Santiago Leben was handed back-to-back by Jason MacDonald and Kalib Starnes. In his last fight, Leben topped Terry Martin via TKO at UFC Fight Night 11 in September
Leben’s first fight on the new contract will come on March 1st atagainst Alessio Sakara.