Leben Granted Early Release from Jail


Photo courtesy of ChrisLeben.com.

UFC middleweight contender Chris Leben was released last night from the Clackamas County jail in Portland, Oregon, granting him an early release from a mandatory sentence earned courtesy of a probation violation stemming from a DUI arrest three years ago.

Leben’s release was confirmed through his official MySpace late last night.

“Chris has been released from jail over the weekend,” a source close to Leben said in the blog post. “This is all the information I have right now and I’ll be sure to update everyone on his resolved legal issues, immediate plans and the expected date of his next match after Chris gets everything organized.”

Leben will now spent the remainder of his sentence under house arrest. After turning himself in to authorities on April 30th, he was slated to be released on May 27th.

Leben was forced to serve the jail time in order to be approved for a visa that would have allowed him to travel overseas to take on Michael Bisping in his home country on June 7th at UFC 85: Bedlam. However the length of the sentence forced UFC officials to remove Leben from the card, replacing him with Canadian middleweight Jason Day.

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