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Chris Leben in Jail, But Only on a Technicality

(‘Rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated.’)

When word spread this morning that Chris Leben was locked up in Oregon just a few days after being signed to fight Michael Bisping at UFC 85 in London, we all feared the worst. That fight card has already suffered more than its share of setbacks, and as anyone who watched him on “The Ultimate Fighter” or YouTube knows, Chris Leben is known to enjoy an alcoholic beverage from time to time.

But don’t worry, he’s only in jail temporarily while he sorts out some legal issues stemming from past alcohol-related mischief. Icon promoter T. Jay Thompson clears things up for us:

Chris Leben was not arrested this week for DUI.

When Chris moved to Hawaii he was in the process of completing classes for his probation on an old DUI in Portland Oregon. We worked hard to get his probation transferred to Hawaii but were unsuccessful.

When he got the call to fight Bisping on June 7th in London he knew what he had to do.

He immediately flew to Oregon and turned himself in on the probation violation. The warrant was a “no bail” warrant so he will have to sit in jail for 8-10 days before he gets a hearing. The moment he appeared before the judge after turning himself in the warrant was revoked and he is able to get his VISA for London.

Chris is in excellent shape and will finish his training camp with the help of Matt Hume.

Chris has worked hard the past year to grow both physically, mentally and spiritually. The actions he took to make this fight happen in London show this growth. Chris would like everyone to know he accepts responsibility for his past actions and will face the consequences and continue forward on his journey.

That’s a relief. Losing the Leben-Bisping match would have been a major blow to UFC 85. Crisis averted…for now.


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chris g- June 7, 2008 at 3:16 pm
some of you guys are some hating cock suckers chris leben fights with the best, he always pushes the pace,maybe some of you people wouldn't be so pissed off if you didn't have a penis in your mouth
Shoe- May 27, 2008 at 2:01 am
your all fags i know chris and he is a fucking badass.
Teachbug- May 5, 2008 at 3:07 pm
Wow what a shocker....Leben in jail?
If it wasn't for UFC pandering to his deranged mental state and training him to fight he woulda been tossing salads in sing-sing, and pinned to some homosexual named "chip" long ago.
Bdizzle- April 30, 2008 at 8:28 pm
Point taken on Dana White, but UFC is still the big show.
godzillad- April 30, 2008 at 7:51 pm
Leben smashed the house because Southworth and Koscheck went outside, where Chris was sleeping, and almost literally drowned him with a water hose.
Boneman- April 30, 2008 at 7:27 pm
Who has Bisping fought...?.....Really, who has he fought with a winning record?...The closest real fight might have been Elvis Sinosic..and where is he now?...Dana keeps him around to sell his wares in the UK...

Leben is a CRYBABY loser....He is Dana's promtional "slap-around bitch"...!...He's half of a real fighter that Dana can make millions off of and pay him diddly. To date, I bet Leben hasn't made a profit from a fight. At least Tito Ortiz was smart enough to know he was getting ripped off....No one else would take Leben so he continues to fight for mere pennies in the UFC. You would think Couture would have advised him at some point what kinda asshole Dana was......Ohhh wait...Dana locked him into a contract before he could realize what happened...Just like evryone else

I must now make a retraction...Dana White is the biggest pussy I know!
JS- April 30, 2008 at 7:22 pm
Leben's practicing his MMA fighting on jailmates.. and maybe a little more than that
BIG CHRIS- April 30, 2008 at 7:10 pm
uhhhh....Bdizzle.....uuuuhhhhh......YAMMA?!?!?! you need to go wrap your mouth around a curb and let somone kick your face in for that.....Why Would Leben or Bisping go to Yamma??
Bdizzle- April 30, 2008 at 6:31 pm
@Bonerman - Leben is that big ass Jail-Ape, he might hide the sausage if you were there.

If Kimbo doesn't get cred for fighting non-fighters and KOing them on youtube, then why would a suggestion even be brought up about non-fighters having their way with a professional. We are all hypocrits.

And Bisbing and Leben only lose at the big show, well Bisbing hasn't. Outside in XC, IFL or WEC, Dream, Yamma what ever, they might be champs.


UFC 85 Live on Spike!!!!
BIG CHRIS- April 30, 2008 at 5:19 pm
I think Chris Leben is showing a lot of growth here as a human being....and I also think he will make a fine prison prostitute....that guy is going to earn somone a lot of soups and cigarettes.....
Turd Ferguson- April 30, 2008 at 5:10 pm
Dun dun dun... CAT SMASHER!!
Boneman- April 30, 2008 at 4:24 pm
I know it's the local lock-up......

But I bet Leben is crying as some "big "Jail-Ape" is Ass raping him.....

Boneman- April 30, 2008 at 4:13 pm
I can't think of a bigger pussy than Leben....Oh WAIT......Bisping.....
What a couple of douchebags...They would crushed anywhere outside of the UFC....Dana keeps them around because they fight for penny paydays...

What a JOKE!
toyn@rbd- April 30, 2008 at 4:01 pm
That is awesome for Leben. I like his fun and carefree attitude, its very Mayhem Millerish. Remember when Bobby Southworth called him a bastard and he cried and later destroyed the TUF house? Now he serves jail time on probation violations and bites 2 liters. He has come so far...