Chris Leben (22-8) has had a rough year. The years of drug and alcohol abuse finally caught up with him. After Leben was suspended for a year after testing positive for oxycontin, the Hawaiian knew he needed to clean up his act.
“Thank God for [UFC matchmaker] Joe Silva and [UFC President] Dana White,” said Leben to MMA Fighting. “They helped me. They sent me to rehab.”
After a month of inpatient rehab, Leben was transferred to an outpatient treatment. Leben said the battle for sobriety is one that never stops and he takes it one day at a time.
Leben challenges Derek Brunson (9-2) this Saturday at UFC 155 on December 29. They will be the opening fight on the main card from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. FightLine.com will provide complete coverage of the entire show.