It has been revealed today that UFC middleweight Chris “The Crippler” Leben failed a drug test after his fight with British contender Michael “The Count” Bisping. Leben suffered a unanimous-decision loss to Bisping at UFC 89, which aired on Spike TV.
The man who has walked a rocky road from his rough upbringing and now into the Ultimate Fighting Championship after having competed on The Ultimate Fighter season 1, is effectively suspended from competition for nine months and has been fined one third of his most recent purse of an undisclosed amount.
Chris had the following to say in regards to his steroid use and subsequent suspension from the organization he has called home for the past several years.
“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,” Leben stated. “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.”
Additionally, UFC President Dana White also commented on Leben’s suspension and how the middleweight was making strides to improve his life.
“I am obviously disappointed with Chris, who has made great strides getting his life back on track,” UFC President Dana White stated. “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.”
The banned substance which Leben had been taking is Stanozolol. The anabolic steroid is often sold as “Winstrol”, a drug derived from testosterone and developed by Winthrop Laboratories in 1962. Stanozolol is often prescribed as treatment for ailments such as anaemia and hereditary angioedema. Winstrol is widely used by bodybuilders, but MMA noteables such as Phil Baroni, Tim Sylvia and also Kimo Leopoldo have past been identified as former users via failed drug tests.
The earliest we could see Leben back in the octagon is July of 2009, and this can certainly be a very damaging setback in the positive push forward the hard-hitting slugger was attempting to make both personally and professionally.