Originally posted on 5thRound.com  |  Last updated 9/26/12

After 19 UFC appearances, 12 of which were accompanied with ‘win bonus’ checks and five ‘Fight Night’ paydays, veteran Chris Leben (Pictured) claims his wallet is running on fumes.

Economic times are tough for nearly everyone, and Leben has just barely managed to stay afloat during his drug suspension.

“Yeah, I’m flat-out broke right now,” Leben revealed to MMAMania. “Being broke sucks. It’s probably one of my biggest things where I just feel terrible. I feel terrible for having put my wife through so much and all because of the poor decisions that I’ve made.

“The year’s been hard. The year’s been a struggle. The only thing I can say is it’s already happened. It’s water under the bridge. The only thing I can do now is try to make sure it never happens again in the future and prepare for the future now.

Leban’s 2012 troubles technically started last November when he was issued a 12-month ban after testing positive for Oxycodone and Oxymorphone (painkillers) following his UFC 138 loss to Mark Munoz. It marked the second time “The Crippler” had failed a drug exam.

The steroid Stanozolol was found in his system after losing to Michael Bisping at UFC 89 in October 2008.

Leben, who was a member of the original “The Ultimate Fighter” cast over seven years ago, will earn his next paycheck December 29th at UFC 155. The 32-year-old ends his extended hiatus against Karlos Vemola.

Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Report: Man dies after Mirror Lake jump at Ohio State

Patriots owner defends officials: ‘They’re not robots’

Joseph Randle arrested for allegedly assaulting officer

Schefter denies saying Kelly’s days in Philly are numbered

Rodgers looking forward to seeing Brett Favre, Bart Starr

Kobe has worst game of his career against Warriors


Rams WR Stedman Bailey in hospital after being shot in head

Furious Brad Stevens blasts Celtics after lackluster game

Did Bryce Harper deserve the MVP?

Duke 5-star commit posts moving message after successful surgery

Ex-LSU commit still supports Les Miles

Report: Ray Lewis gave Bills pregame pep talk

MMA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The five most overrated teams in the Week 13 coaches' poll

10 storylines for Week 13 of the college football season

Ranking the 10 best games of 2015 college football rivalry week

Examining the Mavericks' hot start

Johnny Bench(ed): Manziel demoted to third string

Mike Trout, four years in

Tom Brady on ‘Rex Ryan!’ line call: It’s ‘in the playbook’

Five NFL teams trending downward

Not so fast, USC: Eagles Chip Kelly buys Philly-area home

The five best hockey fights from Week 7

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker