Strange things keep on turning up in Chris Leben’s urine – but at least the stuff they found following UFC 162 was legally cleared by the NSAC:
News has surfaced following UFC 162 that the Nevada State Athletic Commission granted UFC middleweight Chris Leben permission to use the prescription opioid medication Suboxone.
Leben (22-10 MMA, 12-9 UFC) lost his fight on the card in a split decision to Andrew Craig (9-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) at this past Saturday’s event. With his exemption granted by the NSAC Leben became the first fighter to ever receive an exemption for the drug, which is typically used as a replacement therapy for people with narcotic dependency. NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer confirmed the news with MMAjunkie.com.
Leben has been fighting addiction for the majority of his career and has tested positive for prescription drugs in the past. He has made headlines many times for some serious slip ups, including a DUI in 2010.
Leben recently attended rehab for an addiction to prescription painkillers and has apparently been sober for the last 15 months. Leben explained that he started his life changing turn-around by moving from Hawaii to Southern California, where he adopted a health-first diet and training regimen. He trained for his UFC 162 bout at Alliance MMA.
That change didn’t stop him from looking flat during last week’s event, but considering he keeps taking year long ‘vacations’ between fights, a little ring rust is understandable. Never mind the opiate rust.