The light at the end of the tunnel is finally visible for Chris Leben.
UFC 155 takes place December 29, 2012, one month after the expiration of Leben's suspension. A heavyweight title rematch pitting Junior dos Santos against Cain Velasquez is expected to be the night's main event.
Leben (22-8) last fought in November of 2011, falling to Mark Munoz via second-round TKO in the headlining bout of UFC 138. Following the event, the 32-year-old tested positive for prescription painkillers oxycodone and oxymorphone -- the second failed drug test of Leben's career -- leading UFC President Dana White to hand down the one-year penalty.
"I've battled with (drugs and alcohol) for my entire life," Leben admitted in a candid interview on The MMA Hour midway through his suspension. "I've had an issue with being addicted to painkillers for years now. I had some issues with my camp and it was almost a cry for help. I knew I was going to get caught and I just didn't care at the time. I'm extremely embarrassed. I feel like I let down the UFC, but at the same time I think getting caught is probably the best thing to ever happen to me. The UFC has been unbelievable, they sent me to a rehab facility and they really took care of me."
Now he'll meet Vemola (9-3), a former light heavyweight sporting a 1-1 UFC record since dropping down to 185 pounds. The Czech wrestling champion defeated Mike Massenzio via second-round rear-naked choke at UFC on FOX 3, before losing to Francis Carmont in the exact same fashion two months later.