UFC middleweight Chris Leben lost his third fight in a row at UFC 162, but he is in the headlines for a mixed martial arts first. According to Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer, Leben became the first fighter to receive a painkiller medication exemption.
Leben’s exemption allowed him to use opioid medication Suboxone, which is commonly used by those who are recovering from a narcotic dependency.
One of the cast members of the original season of The Ultimate Fighter, Leben has had a lot of difficulties in his career. He battled a very public addiction to painkillers, which he attended drug rehab to overcome. Leben has been suspended twice by the UFC — once for the synthetic anabolic stanozolol in 2008 and most recently for oxycodone and oxymorphone in 2011.
Leben was hoping to get his career back on the winning path, but he was unable to edge Andrew Craig in their very close featured preliminary bout.
UFC president Dana White said that it may be time to have the career talk with Leben.