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Dave Meltzer of Yahoo! Sports reported today that Chris Leben has been suspended by the UFC for nine months and fined one-third of his fight purse following a positive drug test for the steroid Stanazolol after his loss to Michael Bisping at UFC 89 in England in October.
Leben had never tested positive before, but this is still a major setback in his career. “I am obviously disappointed with Chris, who has made great strides getting his life back on track,” UFC president Dana White told Meltzer. “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.”
UFC tested all 22 athletes on the card before and after the fights, and Leben is the only fighter who has tested positive for illegal substances.