Updated: Cung Le fails UFC Fight Night 48 drug test, suspended for 12 months

UFC middleweight Cung Le tested positive for elevated levels of Human Growth Hormone at UFC Fight Night 48. Initially the UFC’s statement indicated he was suspended for 9 months, that however was changed. Per the UFC’s updated statement, Le will now be suspended for one year.

Le, 42, was technically knocked out by Michael Bisping in the fourth round at the event in Macau, China on Aug. 23. In China, the UFC acts as the commissioning body and facilitates the drug testing Tuesday night they released a statement about Le’s failed drug test and suspension which read:

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.

With a 9-3 record overall, Le is 2-2 in the UFC. After posting a photo of himself, flaunting a ripped physique on Instagram ahead of the fight, Bisping had suspected that Le was in fact using a banned substance and requestd the UFC to do both blood and urine tests.

The UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Marc Ratner, was a recent guest of MMA Fight Corner and said that new procedures would soon be in place for more comprehensive drug testing as well.

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