Leben Suspended for Failed Drug Test
At UFC 89 in Birmingham, England, Chris Leben failed to outbox Michael Bisping in the headline match and ultimately lost a unanimous decision. Now Cageplay.com has learned that Chris Leben has failed his post-match drug test as well.
The UFC, in a bit of self-policing, has suspended Leben for 9 months and one third of his payout for his UFC 89 fight. England, which does not have a sanctioning body, does not administer drug tests following MMA events. In lieu of government sanctioning, the UFC conducts its own drug tests at the overseas events. Unfortunately, Chris Leben tested positive for the anabolic agent stanozolol following his October 18th loss to Michael Bisping.
On UFC.com, Dana White stated,
I am obviously disappointed with Chris, who has made great strides getting his life back on track. To his credit, he has taken responsibility for his actions and is accepting the punishment that has been handed down. But as always, the UFC puts the safety of its athletes first and foremost, and we won’t tolerate anyone using performance enhancing drugs in our organization.
Chris Leben has also publicly issued this statement,
I’ve really done everything I can to turn my life around, and this is a huge setback for me, but it is something I will have to deal with. During my time off from fighting, I want to speak to kids about the dangers of using performance enhancing agents and let them know it just doesn’t get you ahead in life. Of course this is a hard hit for me monetarily, but more so this is embarrassing for me and for all of my fans. I apologize to the UFC and everyone who supported me in my fight in England. I hope to work through this and get back to fighting soon.
One has to credit the UFC for taking the initiative of testing its fighters in these situations where the UFC is not legally responsible for testing their athletes. Their public announcement of the test results is welcome as it sends a message that the UFC takes the use of steroids and other drugs of abuse very seriously.