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Chris Leben vows to continue staying clean despite career setback

Chris Leben vows to continue staying clean despite career setback

UFC middleweight Chris Leben spent a year on the sidelines based on painkiller abuse leading up to a 2011 tilt with Mark Munoz. Though Leben’s mind may be in a better place since cleaning up his life, his future in the Octagon has never looked shakier after losing both of his bouts since the suspension including a Split Decision stumble to Andrew Craig at UFC 162.

Fortunately, it sounds like Leben has no interest in turning to illegal substances to numb the pain of a three-fight losing streak.

“Well, I didn’t get the comeback story, but I promise you there will be no relapse story,” wrote Leben on Twitter. “Gonna stay strong & continue on the path.”

The 32-year old “Crippler” is now 22-10 in his career. Seventeen of his wins have come via stoppage though it’s been two years since Leben’s last victory.

  • darth_irritable says:

    “Clean” is an interesting word for a man who was on a TUE for Opiates (for a substance used to treat addiction) at UFC 162.

    Glad he’s getting off the junk, but he’s got a ways to go to be clean.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    kinda be surprised if he was still employed by Zuffa for much longer, the guy doesnt even have the cardio to put on a good show any more. he is the new Phil Baroni, you survive the first two minute onslaught and you most likely win the decision.

  • Rece Rock says:

    That run Chris went on a few years back fighting a few weeks apart and getting some incredible attention is the way I’ll choose to think of Leben but I’m afraid we won’t see that Chris ever again.


    Chris’s candle has burned too bright too soon


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