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Chris Leben is broke

Chris Leben chatted with MMA Mania and revealed he’s not in the best financial shape leading up to his December return against Karlos Vemola:

Yeah, I’m flat-out broke right now. Being broke sucks. It’s probably one of my biggest things where I just feel terrible. I feel terrible for having put my wife through so much and all because of the poor decisions that I’ve made. The year’s been hard. The year’s been a struggle. The only thing I can say is it’s already happened. It’s water under the bridge. The only thing I can do now is try to make sure it never happens again in the future and prepare for the future now.

That’s a pretty impressive feat for someone who’s been making over 30k/30k per fight for the past five years, not to mention undisclosed pay, sponsorship money, and several sweet fight and KO of the night awards. I guess it goes pretty quick though when you end up losing two years of your career to suspensions. Still, Chris has been with the UFC since 2005. Irresponsible spending habits aside, you’d hope the guy would be set for life by now.

  • Reverend Clint

    roids and pain killers aint cheap here in ‘Merica

  • drunkenjunk

    doesn’t he run a gym in hawaii also? I thought it was doing alright, guess not.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Even at 30/30 since the beginning (not likely, but work with me) he’d have only made 1.2 spread over 7 years and 20 fights for about 170k a year. Not counting whatever he invested in the UFS that’s not really set for life money in any sense. Add in dain bramage and his future is a tough one. Fighting ain’t a good career.

  • Symbul

    Most of these fighters’ gyms are money-losers.

  • randlemansvertical

    This guy is going to be terribly off when he retires. Brain damaged alcoholic pill-head.

  • randlemansvertical

    I think he holds the record for most times being suspended for banned substances in the UFC as well

  • Reverend Clint

    but atleast his roid use didnt kill an organization

  • randlemansvertical

    that’s true but you could tell from the get go affliction wasn’t long for the mma world, after all they paid tim sylvia like 900k to get blasted by fedor in about nine seconds

  • YoMamaHasTorpedoTitties

    drugs are a hell of a drug

  • noiseless

    he’s a rock’n’roll suicide.

    …chev brakes are snarling, bararaaaaa hey chris, got any drugs? i’m ALL out

  • Razzle

    At least he’s not black

  • Miles

    @ Razzle : no but JBJ is and he’s fking everyone up

  • frickshun

    You know what the Chinese drug dealing magician always says……..DON’T GET HIGH ON OWN SURPRISE!!

  • Letibleu

    ^^Are you suggesting Leben deals drugs or are you suggesting Leben should start dealing drugs?

  • http://www.mattpolly.com matthewpolly

    Let’s not forget all the likely drunk e-commerce. You can rack up a terrible bill on ebay that way, collecting cabbage patch dolls.

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