From arrests relating to alcohol to a suspension in 2011 for Oxycodone/Oxymorphine, UFC middleweight Chris Leben’s problems with substance abuse have been well-documented over the 32-year old’s run in the ring. That being said, the battle Leben deals with on a daily basis is rarely discussed.

Fortunately, it appears Leben is serious about cleaning up his life and hopes doing so will ultimately get his career back on track. Some insight into his world was given this week when MMAMania revealed “The Crippler” recently received an exemption from the Nevada Athletic Commission to use a substance called Suboxone aimed at helping patients hooked on opiates.

Chief executive Keith Kizer confirmed the matter.

Leben went on to lose his UFC 162 effort against Andrew Craig by Split Decision, his third straight stumble. However, as long as he stays on track, it looks like Leben will emerge triumphant in a fight far more important than any waged inside the Octagon.