Chris Leben is one of those fighters my normie non-UFC friends still ask about, and I’ve had to break the news to them that he’s on a one year forced vacation due to a painkiller suspension. The guy was taking percosets and dilaudids, the latter of which is given to dying cancer patients to ease their suffering on their way to Valhalla. Not a good situation, but it sounds like Chris is back on track and ready to return in December:
“I recently signed a new four fight deal with the UFC,” Leben told BJPenn.Com Radio. “Although I don’t have an opponent yet Joe Silva said I will be on one of the four cards scheduled in December. I’m excited to get back in there; this last year has been a long one. I was able to take a step back and take care of some stuff. Things are going so much better for me now and I’m excited to see what the new and improved Chris Leben is like.”
“For anyone who doesn’t know I’ve worked really hard on turning my life around,” offered Leben. “I did a little stint in rehab and since then I’ve focused on my treatment and counseling. I was forced to come face to face with some of these issues that I was battling with. I’ve also given my body a chance to heal. I started getting massages and acupuncture instead of popping a pill to be able to train through the pain. I’ve changed everything in my life around. All I do now is coach, train and run my gym. I’ve been able to deal with the anxiety of everything that happened. My new way of dealing with things is to go to the gym and train until I’m exhausted.”
Here’s hoping. Every time Leben slips up, he comes back with a positive tale of getting his head on straight after a successful rehabilitation. And then he completely blows his weight cut or doesn’t train at all or gorges on candy. That painkiller stuff is serious business and Chris has already gone through battles with alcoholism and steroid abuse. Opiates are as low as you wants to fall on the addiction tree. After that you start smuggling your meds across the border in your anus and injecting heroin between your toes and stuff.