Chris Leben Fails Drug Test, Suspended For Nine Months
Chris “The Crippler” Leben has tested positive for Stanazolol following his fight with Michael Bisping at UFC 89 in Birmingham, England, according to the WrestlingObserver. Leben has apparently admitted to taking the steroid, but thought it would be cleared from his system by fight time.
Leben has been suspended for nine months and fined one third of his fight purse by the UFC. Test and fines were imposed by the UFC since the UK has no formal athletic commission overseeing these maters.
Stanazolol is a synthetic anabolic steroid derived from testosterone, commonly used by athletes to build muscle without gaining weight.
Made official by the UFC,
“I’ve really done everything I can to turn my life around … And this is a huge setback for me. But it’s 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 my fans.”
Dana White responds:
“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.”