November 29, 2011
UFC fighter barred one year
By QMI Agency
Controversial UFC middleweight Chris Leben has been suspended for a year after failing a post-fight drug test this month.
Leben tested positive for oxycodone and oxymorphone after he lost on a second-round TKO to Mark Munoz during UFC 138 Nov. 5 in Birmingham, England. It was the second time the UFC has suspended Leben for failing a drug test.
"I like Chris and I want him to do well but. based on his actions, he has been suspended for one year," UFC president Dana 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 sounded repentent in acknowledging the UFC suspension Tuesday.
"I would like to make it known that I fully accept this suspension and apologize for embarrassing the UFC, my friends and family, and the sport of mixed martial arts," Leben said in a statement. "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."
Leben (22-8) earned a reputation as one of the sport's bad boys after appeared on the debut season of The Ultimate Fighter. In 2008, he was suspended nine months after testing positive for Stanozolol following a loss to Michael Bisping and spent 35 days in jail after violating probation that stemmed from a DUI charge.