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Chris Leben Tested Positive Following UFC 138 Drug Test, Suspended for 1 Year

Mike HodgesCorrespondent INovember 29, 2011

Courtesy of MMAWeekly.com
Courtesy of MMAWeekly.com

Chris Leben's career is in shambles once again. 

Following his loss to Mark Munoz at UFC 138, it was learned that Leben failed his drug test and tested positive for Oxycodone and Oxymorphone. 

UFC president Dana White released a statement earlier today on UFC.com regarding Leben's future.

"I like Chris and I want him to do well, but based on his actions, he's been suspended for one year,” 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.”

Leben's history with drug problems have been well documented, as the 31-year-old previously tested positive for Stanozolol following his bout with Michael Bisping at UFC 89 and was suspended for nine months. "The Crippler" has also had his fair share of run-in's with the law as well; he has been charged with DUI on multiple occasions.

Leben also issued a statement earlier today and he apologized for his actions.

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. 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.

The sudden news is disappointing to hear regarding Leben, whose brawling style and willingness to fight has made him a fan-favorite. Leben was progressing among the rankings in the middleweight division and was beginning to market and establish himself as a legitimate contender at 185 pounds.

Due to this being his second offense with the company, it is likely Leben will be required to seek professional help in order to overcome his problems and return to the UFC in better physical and mental shape.

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