On Monday, the planet’s premier mixed martial arts promotion suspended middleweight Chris Leben (Pictured) one year after testing positive for Oxycodone and Oxymorphone (painkillers) following his UFC 138 loss to Mark Munoz.
“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 stated. “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.”
UFC 138 took place November 5th inside the LG Arena in Birmingham, England. Because the event was held overseas, the UFC used an independent drug-testing agency to monitor the athletes that participated in the show. Therefore, suspensions and fines were at the UFC’s discretion.
This marks the second time Leben has failed a drug test administered in England. The troubled 31-year-old tested positive for the steroid Stanozolol following his UFC 89 defeat to Michael Bisping in October 2008.
“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 expressed. “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.”
According to the UFC, the remaining 19 fighters that participated in the card all passed their post-fight drug screens.