Leben Suspended After UFC 138

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.

“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.”

“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.”

The remaining 19 fighters on the UFC® 138 card all passed their post fight drug tests.
Thursday, December 10
Las Vegas, NV


Benson Henderson had a lot to say in the Octagon after his split decision victory over Jorge Masvidal at Fight Night Seoul. Hear what "Smooth" had to say backstage after the event.
Nov 28, 2015
Dong Hyun Kim impressed as the co-main event of the UFC's first event in South Korea. Kim, the No. 7-ranked welterweight, has now won six of his last seven fights in the Octagon.
Nov 28, 2015
UFC Fight Night at the Olympic Park Gymnastics Arena on November 28, 2015 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Mitch Viquez/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Nov 28, 2015
Benson Henderson emerged victorious via split decision after a five-round, technical bout with Jorge Masvidal at Fight Night Seoul.
Nov 28, 2015