Cung Le becomes latest fighter to test positive for human growth hormone (UPDATE)
UFC middleweight Cung Le tested positive for excess levels of human growth hormone (HGH) following his loss to Michael Bisping in Macau, China in August, according to a statement from the UFC on Tuesday.
Le lost the fight by TKO, 57 seconds into the fourth round.
This is the first time in Le’s eight-year mixed martial arts career that he’s tested positive for any banned substances. As a result of the positive drug test, Le will be suspended by the UFC, which acted as the commission for the event since there is no actual governing body to oversee MMA in Macau.
"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," UFC officials said in a statement released on Tuesday.
Le becomes the second UFC fighter in the past few months to test positive for HGH under more strenuous drug testing being employed by the promotion. Chael Sonnen also tested positive for HGH prior to his scheduled fight at UFC 175 and promptly retired after the results were made public.
Le has not made a public statement about the positive drug test. At 42 years of age, coming off the loss and the suspension, it’s possible this infraction could bring Le’s fighting career to an end as well.
UPDATE: UFC Officials informed FOX Sports on Wednesday that after an initial review of the positive drug test, Le’s suspension was incorrect.
"After review by UFC Senior Management, an error was discovered regarding the length of Cung Le’s suspension due to a failed drug test," UFC officials said. "While originally stated as nine months, the correct suspension period to be enforced is 12 months."
The date of the suspension would run from the fight on August 23 to one year later before Le could return to action.