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UFC veteran Chris Leben gets jail time following guilty plea in San Diego

Esther Lin | MMA Fighting

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight Chris Leben was sentenced to 120 days after pleading guilty to felony possession of an assault weapon, misdemeanor vandalism, and misdemeanor violation of a temporary restraining order.

All of which came on the heels of an altercation with his estranged wife back in June (original report here). In addition to his time behind bars, which begins on Sept. 21, Leben will not be allowed to have any contact with her over the next 10 years.

MMA Junkie reports:

Leben, 35, was sentenced today but was not taken into custody, San Diego Deputy District Attorney Matthew Dix today told MMAjunkie. Instead, he is to report to a San Diego county jail on Sept. 21 at 1:30 p.m. to serve 30 days of his sentence, after which he'll serve 30 days of work furlough, meaning he is allowed to check out of the jail during the weekdays to work. If he stays out of trouble, he will receive a good behavior credit and will be transferred to probation, Dix said.

Leben also received three years probation (hear his side of the story here).

"The Crippler" -- who made a name for himself on the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) -- retired from mixed martial arts (MMA) in the wake of his UFC 168 loss to Uriah Hall, and has since focused his efforts on coaching. Leben recently took a prominent role at the One Training Center in Spring Valley.

For more background on his recent legal woes click here.

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