LAS VEGAS - JULY 03: (R-L) Chris Leben kicks Yoshihiro Akiyama of Japan during the UFC middleweight bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 3 2010 in Las Vegas Nevada. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Chris Leben, a fighter known for his dramatic ups and downs, has been on suspension from mixed martial arts (MMA) since getting in trouble for using painkillers. That suspension will be ending soon, and it looks like "The Crippler" will be making his return appearance inside the Octagon at UFC 155 this December.
The UFC's Australian twitter account broke the news earlier today.
Leben has had a rough time recently with a lengthy suspension from MMA after testing positive for prescription pain killers following UFC 138. He has a history of substance abuse, and this was yet another consequence of that. He is coming off a loss to Mark Munoz when his corner opted to stop the fight after the second round.
Just prior to that, he defeated Brazilian legend Wanderlei Silva in a 27 second knockout win.
Karlos Vemola is a middleweight powerhouse and former Czech wrestling champion.
He's had two fights in the UFC's heavyweight division, and is widely known for his rag-dolling win over Seth Petruzelli at UFC 122. He has since fought once at light heavyweight and now twice at middleweight, going 1-1 in the division with a win over Mike Massenzio and a loss to Francis Carmont.
UFC 155 takes place on December 29th in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is to be headlined by a heavyweight title rematch as Junior Dos Santos takes on Cain Velasquez.
More on that event here.