From the UFC main page; Chris Leben was suspended after his loss to Mark Nunoz @ UFC 138. Here's what the site had to say:
Zuffa, LLC, owner of the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (“the UFC®”), today released information stating that middleweight fighter Chris Leben tested positive for Oxycodone and Oxymorphone following his Nov. 5 loss to Mark Munoz in the main event of UFC® 138 in Birmingham, England. As a result of the positive test, Leben will be suspended from fighting for one (1) year.
Dana White had this to say:
“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.”
Chris Leben responded with this:
“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’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. Again, I’m sorry to the UFC and fans that’ve supported me since my days on The Ultimate Fighter.”
The remaining 19 fighters on the UFC® 138 card all passed their post fight drug tests.
Again, this is all off the UFC website: http://www.ufc.com
Thoughts on this?
Personally I like Leben, he has a good chin and a lethal left. It sucks he's suspended for prescription - (I believe) - narcotic painkillers like Oxycontin (oxycodone) - heck I take these - the Oxymorphone can't be found by Web MD, but I would hazard a guess that it's a generic form of morphine in pill form. ( of which I have morphine pills as well ), for various aches and pains. I guess getting old isn't all bad, at least we have legal drug dealers. Anyway, at least Dana's willing to offer him help.