Chris Leben suspended for one year after failing post UFC 138 drug testPosted on November 28, 2011, 04:10 PM by Joey Santosus
UFC veteran Chris "The Crippler" Leben has been suspended for one year as a result of testing positive for banned substances following his UFC 138 loss to Mark Munoz.
UFC President Dana White confirmed the suspension today on the promotion's official website, UFC.com.
“I like Chris and I want him to do well, but based on his actions, he's been suspended for one year,” said White. “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.”
According to the report, Leben (22-8) tested positive for Oxycodone and Oxymorphone following his second-round TKO loss at UFC 138. Though it's not the first time he's run into trouble since his time as a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 1 show, Leben appeared to be making a turn around as of late, posting a 4-1 mark prior to coming up short against Munoz in what many believed to be a possible title eliminator.
“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,” Leben said. “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. Again, I’m sorry to the UFC and fans that’ve supported me since my days on The Ultimate Fighter.”
Of the 19 remaining fighters who competed on the card, which took place on November 5th from the LG Arena in Birmingham, England, no other tests came back positive.
Further Reading: Chris Leben reportedly cut 21 pounds in 24 hours for UFC 138
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