UFC middleweight Cung Le has been suspended for nine-months after testing positive for Human Growth Hormones (HGH) following his UFC Fight Night 48 loss to Michael Bisping.
UFC officials released the following statement on Tuesday.
UFC middleweight Cung Le tested positive for an excess level of Human Growth Hormone in his system following his fight at UFC Fight Night in Macao, China on August 23. Due to his positive test result, Le was suspended by the UFC and notified that he violated the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy and Promotional Agreement with Zuffa, LLC. The UFC has a strict, consistent policy against the use of any illegal and/or performance-enhancing drugs, stimulants or masking agents by our athletes. Le will serve a nine-month suspension and, at its conclusion, will need to pass a drug test before competing in the UFC again.
Prior to the bout, there was a picture floating around the internet (above) where Le was looking extremely ripped. When asked about the photo, Le said, “Someone caught it in perfect lighting. If I looked like that all the time, I’d be happy. … I have good genetics. People can say whatever they want. If you look at my young pictures, I was shredded.”
UFC Fight Night 48 went down on August 22 from Macao. Bisping was able to finish Le with strikes early in the fourth round.