Dave Meltzer has reported that UFC Middleweight Chris Leben has tested positive for steroids following his UFC 89 bout with Michael Bisping. Leben lost the fight via a decision.
The steroid that Leben has tested positive for was Stanazolol. This is the first time he has tested positive. All 22 fighters on the card were tested according to the report and Leben was the only positive test.
The tests were done in house by the UFC as the event took place in England and no formal commission such as the NSAC oversees drug testing.
“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.”
Leben was handed a nine month suspension and fined one third of his pay.