Say it aint so! Chris Leben Suspended…again.
I really didn’t want to publish this, the internet is ablaze with the info, so I have to.
It pains me.
Chris Leben has tested positive for banned substances, again. For those of you keeping score, he tested positive for Steroids the last time he fought in the UK against Bisping, plus he has a couple of DUI convictions both on the mainland and in Hawaii. He has once again failed his UK drug test, testing positive for Oxycodone and Oxymorphone. One is your run of the mill painkiller, the other is ridiculously strong, even by drug addicts standards. It’s painfully obvious why Chris would test positive for theses substances. Leben is an addict, he is also a professional athlete at the height of his career. Along with both of these comes stress, pressure, injury and the desire to succeed at any cost. Addiction is difficult for the average person, Chris’s chosen profession does not make it any simpler. In fact it makes it that much easier for him to fall into those bad patterns. He as the money, fame and access to many of the things he should steer well clear of. We can all play Monday morning quarterback and say ‘He’s got it great, why is he on drugs? He doesn’t deserve our sympathy.’ All of you would be wrong. WRONG. This is the time of his life where Chris Leben needs everyone to be supportive, the man is suffering, and not just because he got caught. The drugs are a symptom of his suffering.
While watching Leben vs. Munoz, I kept telling everyone at our UFC party that Chris’ movement’s where strange, his body looked weird, it looked like people we know who are abusing heavy painkillers. His movements in the Octagon mirrored theirs. It struck me as odd, and I kept pointing it out. I hate being right sometimes.
Zuffa, LLC, owner of the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (“the UFC®”), today released information stating that middleweight fighter Chris Leben tested positive for Oxycodone and Oxymorphone following his Nov. 5 loss to Mark Munoz in the main event of UFC® 138 in Birmingham, England.
As a result of the positive test, Leben will be suspended from fighting for one (1) year.
“I like Chris and I want him to do well, but based on his actions, he’s been suspended for one year,” UFC President Dana White said. “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.”
“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,” 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.”
The remaining 19 fighters on the UFC® 138 card all passed their post fight drug tests.
It may seem like I’m making light of the situation or making fun of Leben. It couldn’t be farther from the truth. If you are a regular reader, you know I am a huge Chris Leben fan. I am, present tense. This recent infraction doesn’t change that fact. Chris Leben comes to fight, every-time. The problem is, he has personal demons he’s fighting with on a daily basis. The DUI’s and Oxy’s speak to that. It’s for that reason I am saddened by this news.
Chris’ life prior to his stint on The Ultimate Fighter was rough to say the least. I won’t get into the details, watch his confessions on TUF, those will fill you in. MMA has been his savior. Giving him a steady income, some fame and notoriety,money, plus it has led to a solid gig at a gym in Hawaii and a host of other improvements in his life. If he continues down this path, he’s liable to destroy all he’s built in the years since he was the ‘bad boy’ on TUF.
Chris Leben’s statement:
“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. 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.”
I’ve always admired his honesty. We here at MMA Rants Today wish Chris Leben luck in the struggle ahead of him and look forward to seeing him in the Octagon once again. Also, good on the UFC and Dana White to offer any and all support to Chris in this time of need.
Rumble young man Rumble