Sometimes things just don’t work out for you the way you expect them to. Case in point: Chris Leben turning himself in for violating parole. The plan was to step up and admit wrongdoing in order to clear the way for visa clearance to fight in the UK. Instead, the judge decided to clear the way for a 35 day stay in jail:
UFC Middleweight, Chris Leben, was sentenced today in a Portland, Oregon courthouse for his probation violation stemming from a DUI, which he received back in 2005. According to Calckamas County Court Officials, Leben was sentenced to 35 days in jail, with credit granted for time already served. This schedules Leben’s release to be in the last week of May, only two weeks before his scheduled bout against Michael Bisping at UFC 85, which was to take place June 7th in London, England.
Those of you hoping for the UFC to pull some strings like EliteXC has done in the past might as well give up now … the promotion has already taken Chris off the card, which must be annoying since I bet they now have about 10,000 big posters with Chris Leben on them. Wheeling and dealing is no doubt going on behind the scenes, with Nate Quarry being the favored candidate for replacing Leben.
**UPDATE** Nate Quarry might not be available as he somehow has an elbow injury. Perhaps that wacky ‘elephant hammer’ move in his fight against Kalib Starnes wasn’t such a good idea after all.