Chris Leben’s long UFC career has a dark past, though he looks to end it on a lighter note. In November 2011, Leben wasn’t able to leave the corner at UFC 138 as the fight ended in the third round. He tested positive for oxycontin post-fight and took a one year suspension with rehab.
He made his return at UFC 155 in December of last year in a decision loss to Derek Brunson. UFC president Dana White said after the fight he should have put Leben on the prelims.
“My last fight, I still had a lot going on, stress and anxiety and learning the proper way to deal with that,” said Leben on The MMA Hour. “I still had holes in my game outside the cage. This year has been so much better. I feel better mentally and physically than I ever had. I’m performing better than I ever had in the gym.”
Leben will look for his first win in over two years when he takes on Andrew Craig at UFC 162. Craig is 2-1 for the UFC and coming off a loss.