Chris Leben, the original TUF bad boy, went through his fair share of trials and tribulations in his personal life throughout his UFC career, including multiple battles with drug addiction. Thankfully, The Crippler is clean now, and enjoying life while training fighters at his gym.
Leben revealed in an interview with Submission Radio that he was blackout drunk prior to his fight with Brian Stann back at UFC 125 back in 2011.
“Right before I fought Brian Stann I actually went out. My brother worked in Las Vegas in a place that sold those frozen drinks, you know? Anyways, I got blackout drunk the day before weigh ins. I went back into the Hard Rock and for some reason something upset me, so I was in the bathroom stall the back bathroom stall and I kicked my way all the way to the exit by kicking the stall walls down. They were like marble stall walls, so I just decided to kick all the stall walls down to the exit, and big surprise I got arrested. So the security guard for Hard Rock is handcuffing me and everything else and the guys I was with where like from Ireland, and apparently they thought I was Irish too because I was just mocking their accent, fucking with them, but I think they literally thought I was Irish, and so I ended up bribing my way out. So before his reinforcements came I gave him $500 bucks, he let me run up to my room. Ended up waking up. My phone is ringing off like crazy and wake up in a pile of puke and I’m late for my photo shoot for the UFC. It was a nightmare ’cause I thought I was only eight in the morning, but somehow I set the alarm wrong on the wall, and that’s the time I wanted to wake up. I thought it was eight in the morning, but it was actually noon. And that was maybe two, maybe three days before I had to step in and have a war with Brian Stann.”