UFC NEWS – Chris Leben Suspended For Second Time Due To Failed Drug Screening
The UFC has suspended one of their own.
Middleweight fighter, Chris Leben, has for the second time in his UFC career failed a drug screening for banned substances. This time it was for undisclosed prescription painkillers oxycodone and oxymorphone.
For his infraction, the fan favorite has to sit on the sidelines yet again for a year. UFC president Dana White commented on the situation in a release on UFC.com
“I like Chris and I want him to do well, but based on his actions, he’s been suspended for one year. 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.”
Lebens previous violation was for the steroid Stanozolol.
Since the UFC operates in the United Kingdom without a governing or athletic sanctioning commission they act as their own athletic commission. They take on responsibility for licensing, and testing fighters both pre and post-fight as well as hand down the necessary punishment if any athletes are in violation. In this case, they tested Leben after his UFC 138 loss to Mark Munoz, found the violation and handed down a one-year suspension.
All other 19 fighters that underwent testing passed.
Tough break for the crippler.