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Old 11-03-2008, 04:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Leben tests positive for the steroid, Stanazolol

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Chris Leben became the first high-profile fighter suspended by the Ultimate Fighting Championships for failing a drug test, when results came back positive on Monday for the steroid Stanazolol in a test administered after his three-round loss to Michael Bisping on Oct. 18 in Birmingham, England.

The UFC suspended Leben for nine months and fined him one-third of his undisclosed fight purse.

Several UFC fighters, including champions like Tim Sylvia, Sean Sherk and Josh Barnett, had been suspended and forced to relinquish their championships after positive tests administered by both the Nevada and California State Athletic Commissions.

Because UFC events held in the United Kingdom are not under the auspices of a commission, the UFC’s vice president of regulatory affairs, Marc Ratner, who for years headed the Nevada commission, performs many of the duties normally associated with an athletic commission for those events.

“I am obviously disappointed with Chris, who has made great strides getting his life back on track,” said UFC president Dana White. “To his credit, he has taken responsibility for his actions and is accepting the punishment that has been handed down. But as always, the UFC puts the safety of its athletes first and foremost, and we won’t tolerate anyone using performance enhancing drugs in our organization.”

“I’ve really done everything I can to turn my life around,” said Leben.

“And this is a huge setback for me. But it’s something I will have to deal with. During my time off from fighting, I want to speak to kids about the dangers of using performance enhancing agents and let them know it just doesn’t get you ahead in life. Of course, this is a hard hit for me monetarily, but more so this is embarrassing for me and for all my fans.”

UFC tested all 22 fighters at UFC 89 both before and after their matches.

White said that Leben admitted to him using the drug, also known as Winstrol V, but believed it had enough time to clear his system. Leben, 18-5, one of the company’s most well-known fighters stemming from his appearance on the first season of Ultimate Fighter, said he used the drug shortly after his win over Alessio Sakara in March. While usually clearing your system in about three weeks, Stanazolol can show up in tests for several months.
Why take the risk? I don't get it, I never do, yet fighters keep testing positive...
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Old 11-03-2008, 04:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Chris Leben Tests Positive For Steroids

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has suspended fighter Chris Leben for nine months and fined him one-third of his fight purse following a positive drug test for the steroid Stanazolol after his loss to Michael Bisping at UFC 89 in England in October. The news was reported by Dave Meltzer of Yahoo! Sports.

The UFC has long stood by drug testing of the athletes competing for the promotion, even overseas in England where they have no formal athletic commission to handle the process.

At these events, the UFC leans on former head of the Nevada State Athletic Commission and now UFC vice president, Marc Ratner, to handle the duties normally handled by an overseeing committee like the athletic commissions in the United States.

Leben has never tested positive before, but this is still a major setback in his career.

“I am obviously disappointed with Chris, who has made great strides getting his life back on track,” UFC president Dana White told Meltzer. “To his credit, he has taken responsibility for his actions and is accepting the punishment that has been handed down. But as always, the UFC puts the safety of its athletes first and foremost, and we won’t tolerate anyone using performance enhancing drugs in our organization.”

According to the report, the UFC tested all 22 athletes on the card before and after the fights, and Leben to date is the only fighter who has tested positive for illegal substances.


All I can say is wow get off the booze and on the roids. Great improvement.
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Well he looked in great shape, guess we know the why now.
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Old 11-03-2008, 05:01 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Just when I thought he finally had his head in the game. I actually was starting to like him too.
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he is a great fighter to watch and everything but am suprised the UFC hasnt dropped him.
He was a drunk on the show, they had to cancel 1 of his fights because he was in jail and now this. how many chances do you get before you get the boot?
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he is a great fighter to watch and everything but am suprised the UFC hasnt dropped him.
He was a drunk on the show, they had to cancel 1 of his fights because he was in jail and now this. how many chances do you get before you get the boot?
if your name is Chris Leben or Junie Browning, you have unlimited chances.

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This sucks. Leben is my fav MW fighter and even after this he remains my fav but he really needs to stop messing up. I am really disappointed with a 9 month suspension his next fight is prob at least 11 months away.
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Why would anyone use steroids if you know you're getting tested. How desperate does one have to be to take the risk of getting a positive result?
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