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Chris Leben vows to continue staying clean despite career setback

Chris Leben vows to continue staying clean despite career setback

UFC middleweight Chris Leben spent a year on the sidelines based on painkiller abuse leading up to a 2011 tilt with Mark Munoz. Though Leben’s mind may be in a better place since cleaning up his life, his future in the Octagon has never looked shakier after losing both of his bouts since the suspension including a Split Decision stumble to Andrew Craig at UFC 162.

Fortunately, it sounds like Leben has no interest in turning to illegal substances to numb the pain of a three-fight losing streak.

“Well, I didn’t get the comeback story, but I promise you there will be no relapse story,” wrote Leben on Twitter. “Gonna stay strong & continue on the path.”

The 32-year old “Crippler” is now 22-10 in his career. Seventeen of his wins have come via stoppage though it’s been two years since Leben’s last victory.

  • darth_irritable says:

    “Clean” is an interesting word for a man who was on a TUE for Opiates (for a substance used to treat addiction) at UFC 162.

    Glad he’s getting off the junk, but he’s got a ways to go to be clean.

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    kinda be surprised if he was still employed by Zuffa for much longer, the guy doesnt even have the cardio to put on a good show any more. he is the new Phil Baroni, you survive the first two minute onslaught and you most likely win the decision.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    That run Chris went on a few years back fighting a few weeks apart and getting some incredible attention is the way I’ll choose to think of Leben but I’m afraid we won’t see that Chris ever again.

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    Chris’s candle has burned too bright too soon

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