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.
Read the full story for quotes from both Leben and UFC president Dana White.
“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,” Leben said. “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.”
This is Leben’s second suspension following a failed drug test, and it’s the second time the UFC was forced to hand down the punishment. Leben tested positive for the banned steroid Stanozolol following a 2008 loss to Michael Bisping at UFC 89, a fight which also took place in England.
The Hawaiian-based fighter clearly has a problem with drug abuse, but has the full backing of the UFC the get clean at this time. Dana White has more.
“I like Chris and I want him to do well, but based on his actions, he’s 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 will be eligible to return in November of 2012.
The remaining 19 fighters on the UFC 138 card all passed their post fight drug tests.