You might think that Chris Leben’s steroid suspension is cut and dry, but that would only prove that you’re a stupid-face. Play the what-if game along with MMA Payout and you start to see that there are still more inherent problems with in-house drug testing than just wondering if the UFC will bother nabbing their big name stars:
Anthony Torres tested positive on a Euro Card and was released while Leben gets a suspension. Was Torres under a one fight contract? If not, is there equal protection under the UFC’s steroid policy? If no, Why not? Is the decision based on what level the fighter is with the company (Torres being a newer guy vs Leben being a veteran)?
What do you suppose would happen to Chris Leben if he were to question or challenge the handling of the drug test performed by the promoter, which he would have undoubtedly done if the drug test were performed by a neutral/State Commission. Undoubtedly Chris would have proclaimed his innocence and said that the testing was flawed on a variety of levels. In this case, Dana White credits Chris for “taking responsibility for his actions and taking the punishment”. What would have been Chris’ fate if he were to challenge the drug test? Also, what it the procedural process for challenging the drug test and for reinstatement?
Of course the obvious answer to all these questions is “Dana White does what he wants to do, so just pray he doesn’t decide to hunt you down for sport like in that totally badass Stone Cold Steve Austin movie.” But I suppose it’s fun to think that there’d be an honest to God process in place past discarding dry carcasses of fighters in the trash while tucking money-makers closer to the company teat.