Chris Leben staying retired after being diagnosed with severe heart condition

source | MMAJunkie.com

Chris Leben is no longer coming out of retirement to fight for Bellator after doctors found a severe medical condition that left him with just 18 percent of normal blood flow to his heart.

MMAjunkie was today forwarded a statement from Leben’s management team. Swedish news site MMANytt first reported the news.

In a separate statement, Bellator President Scott Coker said, “We are saddened to hear of Chris Leben’s current health situation and would have loved to see him compete inside the Bellator cage.

“Doctors estimate that the blood flow through is heart is only 18 percent of what is considered normal,” the statement read.

“As of now, the prognosis is mixed: one doctor believes that he should be considered for a heart transplant, while another doctor hopes that medication and a healthy lifestyle will reverse some of the damage over time,” the statement read.

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