Chris Leben: “getting caught is probably the best thing to ever happen to me”

UFC middleweight slugger, Chris Leben speaks for the first time since testing positive for painkillers last November following his UFC 138 main event bout with Mark Munoz in Birmingham, England, saying it was the best thing that ever happened to him, that the suspension forced him into rehab and forced him to turn his life around.

Leben, speaking via, Leben said:

“I’ve battled drugs and alcohol. 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.”

“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 knew they were there and I cracked. I couldn’t hold out. Right now life is actually going well for me — it’s going great, considering,” Leben said. “Life’s going really good, better than it has in a long, long time.”

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