A story broke last night that Chris Leben had been arrested for DUI. It turns out that wasn’t the case. Apparently, Leben violated his probation for an old DUI charge he picked up in Oregon when he moved to Hawaii. The outstanding warrant stemming from his probation violation would have prevented him getting his visa to travel to London to fight in UFC 85. T. Jay Thompson, the ICON Sport promoter, posted on the Hawaii Underground to clear up the confusion.
Chris Leben was not arrested this week for DUI.
When Chris moved to Hawaii he was in the process of completing classes for his probation on an old DUI in Portland, Oregon. We worked hard to get his probation transferred to Hawaii but were unsuccessful.
When he got the call to fight Bisping on June 7th in London he knew what he had to do.
He immediately flew to Oregon and turned himself in on the probation violation. The warrant was a “no bail” warrant so he will have to sit in jail for 8-10 days before he gets a hearing. The moment he appeared before the judge after turning himself in the warrant was revoked and he is able to get his VISA for London.
…Chris would like everyone to know he accepts responsibility for his past actions and will face the consequences and continue forward on his journey.
It looks like Chris will have to spend a little over one of the five remaining training weeks before UFC 85 in jail. That’s pretty rough. With the fight already being on short notice, one has to wonder if he will be prepared enough to take on a revitalized Michael Bisping.