ICON Sport’s T. Jay Thompson posted the following message earlier today on The Underground to clear up the situation surrounding Chris Leben’s arrest for a probation violation in Oregon:
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 The moment he appeared before the judge after turning himself in the warrant was revoked and he is able to get his VISA for London.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.
SEE YOU ALL IN LONDON June 7th!
Leben (18-4) is scheduled to face off with Michael Bisping at UFC 85 “Bedlam” on June 7th in London, England. â€œThe Criplerâ€ is 8-3 inside the UFC octagon with wins over Jason Thacker, Patrick Cote, Edwin Dewees, Jorge Rivera, Luigi Fioravanti, Jorge Santiago, Terry Martin, and Alessio Sakara and losses to Anderson Silva, Jason MacDonald, and Kalib Starnes. He last fought in March at UFC 82, defeating Sakara via first round TKO.