Report: Leben Behind Bars Until May 27 (Updated)


Photo courtesy of ChrisLeben.com.

Update 9:15 PM ET: Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer is reporting that Leben has been removed from his scheduled matchup against Bisping next month. UFC matchmaker Joe Silva reportedly already has an unknown replacement signed and ready to go.

UFC middleweight contender Chris Leben was sentenced to a total of 35 days in jail earlier today by the Clackamas County Circuit Court according to a report from MMA Mania.

Leben, who is currently slated to take on fellow rising 185 lb. fighter Michael Bisping in London, England, on June 7th, is serving the stint in prison after turning himself in to Oregon authorities one week ago for violating terms of his probation stemming from a DUI arrest three years ago.

Leben’s manager, ICON Sport promoter T. Jay Thompson, has confirmed that his client was forced to serve the jail time in order to be approved for a visa that will allow him to travel overseas to take on Bisping in his home country.

An attempt to have his probation moved to his new home of Hawaii was unsuccessful. Leben has been behind bars since April 30th while awaiting sentencing and the nine days will count as time served towards his sentence.

The Team Quest product is slated to be released from prison on May 27th, less than two weeks before his anticipated showdown with Bisping, assuring the popular striker that he will have an extremely limited amount of time to prepare for the bout.

No word as of yet in terms of whether or not the fight may be postponed or Leben will opt to withdraw from the fight rather than going ahead with the proceedings.

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