After Chris Leben tested positive for steroids the last time he headlined a UFC UK card you would think he would have steered clear of any banned substances when he returned to Birmingham a few weeks ago to headline UFC 138.
The UFC announced this afternoon that Leben tested positive for two painkillers, Oxycodone and Oxymorphone, following his loss to Mark Munoz in the main event and has been suspended for one 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.”
It’s good to see that the UFC is continuing to test their fighters where regulatory bodies aren’t present overseas, but man, what a bummer that Chris Leben continues to shoot himself in the foot.
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