UFC middleweight Chris Leben’s problems outside of the Octagon have been well-documented over the years even dating back to his stint on the first season of the Ultimate Fighter. With a failed drug test for PEDs in 2008 and two DWI arrests already attached to his name, Leben has again shot his reputation in the foot by testing positive for Oxymorphone/Oxycodone on the heels of his loss to Mark Munoz earlier this month at UFC 138.
Leben’s results were released earlier today by the UFC, as the organization oversaw the November 5 event due to England’s lack of an athletic commission. “The Crippler” will be suspended for a year as punishment for the positive hit.
“I like Chris and I want him to do well, but based on his actions, he’s been suspended for one year,” stated UFC President Dana White in regards to the situation. “If he needs professional help, we are going to be there for him. We want to see him succeed not only in the Octagon, but in his personal life.”
The 31-year old, famous for his fearlessness and knockout power, also made a public statement on the matter, explaining, “I would like to make it known that I fully accept this suspension and apologize for embarrassing the UFC, my friends and family, and (the) sport of mixed martial arts. I’m learning that I’m my own worst enemy sometimes. I can’t succeed in the Octagon or in life behaving this way. I’ve got to make some real changes over the next year, and I’m going to focus on getting my life and career back on track.”
All other nineteen fighters who competed at UFC 138 were also tested with none coming back dirty.
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MMATraining Test: It’s a shame to see Leben continue to struggle with addiction. Sad to say, but at this rate it’s more likely he’ll show up on a future season of Dr. Drew’s Celebrity Rehab than on the cusp of contendership in the UFC.