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Chris Leben is Broke, Needs a KO Bonus

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After serving a yearlong suspension for testing positive with oxycontin in his system, Chris Leben's (22-8) return will make or break him financially.

"I haven't had a payday in a year," said Leben to MMA Fighting. "I'm broke. Financially, I can become stable a little bit, so this is a very big transition. I really want to do well. I'd like to get that KO bonus."

Leben's last UFC appearance was in November 2011 when his corner stopped a fight with Mark Muñoz (12-3) due to vision problems in the second round. His return fight will be against Derek Brunson (9-2) at UFC 155.

"I'm shooting for it, but I need to get a victory, get the money in the bank and make the most of my career for the next few years," said Leben.

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Leben vs. Brunson will be the opening fight on the main card. The PPV airs this Saturday, December 29, from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV.

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