For the second time in hisUFC career, middleweight Chris Leben has tested positive for a banned substance and has been given a one year suspension. UF
C officials today announced “The Crippler” tested positive for prescription painkillers oxycodone and oxymorphone following his UFC 138 loss to Mark Munoz.
“I would like to make it known that I fully accept this suspension and apologize for embarrassing the UFC, my friends and family, and sport of mixed martial arts,” stated Leben. “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.'”
Even though this is Leben’s second time getting caught using a banned substance, it appears UFC president Dana White has no plans off cutting the troubled fighter saying,”I like Chris, and I want him to do well, but based on his actions, he’s been suspended for one year, 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.”
Leben tested positive after his UFC 89 bout with Michael Bisping for the banned steroid Stanozolol, a fight in which he also lost.