UFC middleweight Chris Leben has been suspended for one year by the UFC after testing positive for oxycodone and oxymorphone following UFC 138 in Birmingham, England, on Nov. 5.
It is the second drug-related suspension for Leben, who tested positive for stanzolol after UFC 89 in Birmingham, England.
“If he needs professional help, we are going to be there for him," UFC president Dana White said in a statement released by Zuffa LLC, parent company to the UFC. "We want to see him succeed not only in the Octagon, but in his personal life.”
Leben was also quoted in the statement sent out by the UFC, which conducts its own drug testing in England-based events since they are not subject to athletic commission sanctions there.
“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.”