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Chris Leben talks about his painkiller addiction

Chris Leben is the original nuttah from The Ultimate Fighter 1, and from what we saw during that season it’s kinda amazing he’s still alive let alone still trucking away in the UFC seven years later. He once said “Fighters are like strippers, you know we all got a bunch of problems and skeletons in the closet”, which pretty much explains everything you need to know about fighter psychology.. And now he opens that closet up to MMA Fighting and familiarizes us with his latest skeleton, painkiller addiction. MMA Mania transcribes:

“Well I mean the truth is, I’ve battled drugs and alcohol, and I’ve battled with those for my entire life. I’ve had an issue with being addicted to painkillers for years now. I had some issues with my camp and it was almost a cry for help. I knew I was going to get caught and I just didn’t care at the time. I’m extremely embarrassed, I feel like I let down the UFC, but at the same time I think getting caught is probably the best thing to ever happen to me. The UFC has been unbelievable, they sent me to a rehab facility and they really took care of me.”

“Painkillers for me were for pain management, not just physically, but emotionally. It’s hard to explain the mind of an addict. The only thing I can explain, was that at that moment, nothing else mattered to me, even though I was the main event of the biggest show on Earth. I knew I was going to get caught, absolutely. My wife had brought them to me for after the fight, and I had tapered off them for the fight, but there were some issues, a lot of stress, and I cracked. It was as simple as that. I couldn’t hold out. I was clean, but then the day before the weigh-ins, I cracked with all the issues going on in my life.”

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    I love this dude’s honesty.  I wish him the best with the battle ahead of him, it’ll be a tough one, but those seems to be the ones he likes most.

    I don’t remember him being this forthcoming about the roids though.  Anyone recall any talk from him about it?

  • Reverend Clint

    this can be a good thing for the UFC if they maybe help him try and straighten out his life.

  • Mixed Martial Adam

    Dana White sent him to Rehab and he got out prior to this interview – seems like he’s doing well so far.

  • glassjawsh

    dated a girl who went to rehab for a painkiller addiction. all she learned was better and easier ways to swipe drugs. 6 months later she was back in rehab (except for heroin this time)

    miss that crazy slut

  • frickshun

    ^^We ALL miss Nana.

  • G Funk

    Who cares about an assface pookie?

  • Letibleu

    didnt butters go for chicks fresh out of rehab because they were easy targets for him.

  • G Funk

    ^ Thats Jawshy. Butters is too sheltered to even know what re-hab is let alone, “chicks”.

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