Hawaii News Now published a report yesterday indicating that UFC middleweight fighter Chris “The Crippler” Leben has been arrested for the second time on suspicion of DUI. Leben was arrested in 2008 in Clackamas County, Oregon on DUI charges stemming from an earlier incident; the outstanding charge was in violation of Leben’s probation at the time and he was sentenced to serve 35 days in Clackamas County jail. The incident would mark the beginning of the darkest time in Leben’s career, as he was forced to postpone a scheduled match up with Michael Bisping to serve his time. When he and Bisping did eventually meet, Leben not only lost but tested positive for steroids as well.
This most recent incident took place in Leben’s new home of East Oahu, Hawaii, on the H1 Freeway sometime around 2 AM on October 19th. Leben crashed his pickup truck, prompting police response whereupon he was allegedly discovered to be driving without a license or insurance. Leben was held in custody on suspicion of driving under the influence of an intoxicant until he posted $1,000 bail.
Leben has been on a tear recently, capitalizing on the momentum of a unanimous decision win over Jay Silva with an impressive TKO over prospect Aaron Simpson. Just a few short weeks later, “The Crippler” stepped in for an injured Wanderlei Silva against Yoshihiro Akiyama and pulled off a submission win late in the third round of their Fight of the Night performance.
“The Crippler” is scheduled to take on Brian Stann this January 1st at UFC 125. No word yet on what, if any, effect this most recent arrest will have on that bout.