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Chris Leben Arrested (Again!) for DUI After 2 AM Truck Crash


(Well, this mug shot represents a vast improvement over the old one. At least Leben’s learning *something* from all this. PicProps: HawaiiNewsNow.com)

We were half joking earlier this year when we compared Chris Leben to that screw-up brother of yours who borrows your car, gets high and then crashes it. Right now however, that assessment seems sadly apt after Leben wrecked his truck on a Hawaii freeway earlier this week and was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Again.

Here’s the word straight from the document of record, by which we mean a story from a local television station in HI:  “Officers arrested Christian Leben, 30, a middleweight fighter known as the Crippler, on suspicion of operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant Tuesday. He was released from custody after posting $1,000 bail. Police say Leben was driving on the west-bound side of the H1 Freeway just before 2 AM, when he lost control of his pickup and crashed into a wall near the Kapiolani Boulevard off ramp. He was allegedly driving without a license and without insurance.”

At this point, there seems to be no appropriate response to this news aside from a resigned sigh and a disappointed shake of the head. Let’s just hope this latest brush with the law doesn’t upset Leben’s scheduled meeting with Brian Stann at UFC 125. We’d hate for this to go down like it did last time.


As you well know, Leben’s proposed fight with Michael Bisping at UFC 85 had to be postponed four months after Oregon police discovered he up and moved to Hawaii without fulfilling the requirements of his probation stemming from a 2005 DUI arrest. Leben turned himself in as an attempt to clear the matter up in time to secure a visa to travel to England for the bout, but instead was sentenced to 35 days in the Clackamas County sneezer.

That is to say nothing of what happened when Leben and Bisping actually did fight at UFC 89. “The Crippler” showed up looking like a million bucks, basically got outclassed by Bisping’s stick-and-move game plan and then tested positive for roids in the aftermath.

At the time, Leben chalked his mounting personal troubles up as a learning experience and sounded legitimately remorseful in an interview with CP just prior to fighting “The Count.” Leben said he’d matured and saw his move to Hawaii as a fresh start. As if to prove his point he went out and won three in a row (after losing to Jake Rosholt at UFC 102), including his insane two-week turnaround between victories over Aaron Simpson and Yoshihiro Akiyama.

Consider that “fresh start” effectively squandered.  Leben has MMA’s most well documented drinking problem — and really, nobody else is even close — dating all the way back to his days on season one of “TUF.” Conventional wisdom says the UFC will only let him continually fuck up (again and again, punctuated by honeymoon periods of "fresh starts" and new beginnings) for so long before something must be done. Or not. There’s no telling with this company these days.

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Angry Whopper- October 23, 2010 at 7:45 am
I've been calling this guy a loser for years. Ever since his first appearance on TUF, with the alcoholism, inability to cope with anything, the crying jags and all his other bullshit.

Lots of people mistakenly over credited this guy when he cleaned his act up and straightened himself out (somewhat.) That is, when he wasn't failing steroid tests, doing time in the slammer or driving while intoxicated. If he were married I'm sure she'd have a restraining order on him by now.

I don't make it a habit of cheering criminals on and applauding all their efforts towards becoming a better citizen when they start doing the things that everyone else does all day, every day, in order to keep their families housed, clothed and fed.

For this chump to be given the level of recognition he's gotten is, in my opinion, unrealistic. Chris Leben's story will one day be made into a straight to dvd movie that will sell eleven copies before the director hangs himself in his garage. In Encino. While wearing a batman costume.
jeanclaudetransam- October 22, 2010 at 8:05 am
Actually, he only has enough gas to say "fath...", then quits like usual.
dranokills- October 21, 2010 at 11:35 pm
Somewhere Bobby Southworth is calling leben a fatherless bastard, once again.
fatbellyfrank- October 21, 2010 at 5:46 pm
He'll be right, pay the fine and move on
El Famous Burrito- October 21, 2010 at 2:02 pm
^^^

My new favorite screen name.
Susan B. Sandwiches- October 21, 2010 at 1:53 pm
"I told you guys I could drive while in the second drink!"

"that was the third drink chris"

"the third!!??"
Art Gibs- October 21, 2010 at 1:13 pm
Chad, I've been meaning to say that you're doing some nice work here. I like the writing style. Keep it up.
Mr_Misanthropy- October 21, 2010 at 12:38 pm
At least he wasn't wearing smeared women's make-up, garters and heels.
woo- October 21, 2010 at 12:30 pm
His head is looking uncannily spherical in that mug shot. Like he's dressing up as a basketball for Halloween.
ubidoob- October 21, 2010 at 12:22 pm
Personally, I think Drew Fickett holds the title of "MMA's Official Alcoholic"... Namely because he's shown up to his fights drunk before.

But Leben could be a close second. I think he'll come out of this just fine. I look forward to Leben vs. Stann though. That'll be a fun fight to watch, IMO.
El Guapo- October 21, 2010 at 11:47 am
"I'm not as think as you drunk I am, foccifer. I was thinking about Jake Shields and ZZZZzzzzzz..."
Lysol- October 21, 2010 at 11:19 am
Addiction is a crippling disease. I wish Leben the best of luck in the aftermath of all this, and really hope that Leben vs. Stann still happens.
Kimbos Bread- October 21, 2010 at 10:24 am
Ah it's a shame
Seoul Brother- October 21, 2010 at 10:13 am
Maybe Whore Machine can give Leben some tips for survival.
Almost North- October 21, 2010 at 9:42 am
hahaha jimbonics that is the best comment all week.
jimbonics- October 21, 2010 at 9:37 am
If only he had some Fatherly guidance, these things wouldn't happen.

Bastard.
cecils_pupils- October 21, 2010 at 9:30 am
Generally speaking, people don't usually make the best decisions when they are drunk. So, ummmm, yeah.

And it really sucks when you are driving along minding your own business and that parked car just fuckin' jumps right out in front of you...

I mean, what do they want me to do?... Take a bus?... Is that what they want me to do?... You take a bus...
knee_strike- October 21, 2010 at 9:21 am
Christ. What a loser. By the way, is Leben a mulatto? He's got sort of a Josh Koscheck look to him.

Or not. There’s no telling with this company these days.

Exactly. The UFC is three-ring circus. White's political support for that commie geezer Harry Reid was the final straw for me. Plus, the UFC is anti-CP. In my opinion, CP is the only entity on Earth that keeps MMA from becoming completely douchey.
Stak40- October 21, 2010 at 9:20 am
You mother fucka! I was just defending and hyping up your punkass as being sober and possibly on your way to being a contender. What could have possibly happen to make you fall off the bandwagon. You live in paradise. Your career WAS on the upswing. You gotta a little extra cash in your pocket. You mother fucka!
El Famous Burrito- October 21, 2010 at 9:18 am
Chris, JUST MOVE TO LAS VEGAS!

You can walk to training camp, you can walk to work, you can get drunk all you want, and blow your money on strippers without, and this is key here, getting arrested for another DUI.
Fried Taco- October 21, 2010 at 9:16 am
I hope he wasn't drinking one of those damn Mexican beers.

And who knows, maybe he has a good excuse, like he's been training with Jean-Charles Skarbowsky.
Almost North- October 21, 2010 at 9:14 am
^He is trapped in a glass case of emotion.


I look forward to seeing Leben fight at my local show now that he is back to his old self. Look Kos, its someone you might actually be able to bully. Get the hose.
MoTropolis- October 21, 2010 at 9:11 am
Nooooooooooooo!!! Its not just this brush with the law we have to worry about affecting his upcoming fight, its the fact he is drinking and doing wreckless shit again. This guy is putting his fans thru a rollercoaster of emotion.
SnallTrippin- October 21, 2010 at 9:07 am
Damn.
ReX13- October 21, 2010 at 8:56 am
Damn.

I don't know what else to say, just....


Damn.
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