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Chris Leben to Make UFC Return Against Karlos Vemola at UFC 155

PORTLAND, OR - AUGUST 29:  UFC fighter Chris Leben (L) battles UFC fighter Jake Rosholt (R) during their Middleweight bout at UFC 102:  Couture vs. Nogueira at the Rose Garden Arena on August 29, 2009 in Portland, Oregon.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
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Matthew RothFeatured ColumnistSeptember 12, 2012

Some great news for a week that started on a low note, Chris Leben will be making his UFC return later this year. "The Crippler" will meet Karlos Vemola at UFC 155 in Las Vegas. UFC 155 is Zuffa's end of year show and one that always brings the best.

The UFC's Australian Twitter broke the news with just a simple tweet. "UFC155: 'The Crippler' to take on UFC_UK's Karlos Vermola. Vemola has finished his opponents in all nine of his wins."

It was confirmed that it was, in fact, the returning Leben

Leben was last seen at UFC 138 against Mark Munoz in Birmingham, England of last year. Munoz took it to Leben early and often and opened up a massive cut over Leben's eye. Leben's corner was forced to throw in the towel and Munoz won by TKO. 

Following the defeat Leben tested positive for both oxycodone and oxymorphone. The UFC was in charge of testing and suspended Leben for a year. It was the second time that Leben had tested positive. 

Leben has been one of the most exciting fighters on the UFC's roster since making his debut following the first season of The Ultimate Fighter. The matchup with Vemola promises to end in knockout as both fighters pack heat in their hands. 

It's the perfect kind of fight for the end of year event. 

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