On Wednesday evening, it was announced troubled middleweight Chris Leben (Pictured) will end his year-long drug suspension to face Karlos Vemola at UFC 155.
Leben was banned last November by the promotion after testing positive for Oxycodone and Oxymorphone (painkillers) following his UFC 138 loss to Mark Munoz. It marked the second time “The Crippler” had failed a drug exam.
The steroid Stanozolol was found in his system after losing to Michael Bisping at UFC 89 in October 2008.
Vemola has alternated between wins and losses over his past six fights. He was last seen getting submitted by Francis Carmont in July.
UFC 155 takes place December 29th in Las Vegas, Nevada. Either MGM Grand Garden Arena or Mandalay Bay Events Center will serve as host.
Here are the athletes expected to perform on New Year’s Eve weekend:
Chris Leben vs. Karlos Vemola
Matt Mitrione vs. Phil DeFries
Chris Weidman vs. Tim Boetsch
Joe Lauzon vs. Gray Maynard
Chael Sonnen vs. Forrest Griffin
Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos (UFC heavyweight champion)