Ex-UFC fighter pleads guilty to weapons, vandalism charges

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SAN DIEGO — A former UFC fighter who tried to scale the wall of his ex-wife’s downtown San Diego high-rise apartment pleaded guilty Monday to felony possession of an assault weapon and misdemeanor counts of vandalism and violating a temporary restraining order.

Christian Leben, 35, is likely to be sentenced to probation when he returns to court on Aug. 31, said Deputy District Attorney Matthew Dix.

Leben’s estranged wife, Kaleena, wrote in a request for a restraining order that she awoke around 3 a.m. June 8 to banging and kicking at her door. About 4:30 a.m., the woman woke up again and noticed Leben trying to scale the outside wall in an attempt to gain access to her apartment via the balcony, it was reported.

She claimed that the previous day, Leben texted her and threatened to kill her father, and that building management staff alerted her to the discovery of an M16 assault rifle hidden in a maintenance closet a few floors from her apartment.

Her ex-husband was subsequently arrested and spent four days in jail before posting $100,000 bail.

Leben, known as “The Crippler” in his MMA days, retired in 2013.

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