In 2014, soon after a TKO reduction to Michael Bisping in Macau, Cung Le examined constructive for elevated degrees of Human Progress Hormone (HGH). The UFC immediately handed Le a 9-month suspension, which was later on elevated to a twelve-thirty day period expression.
Battle supporters have been swift to pile-on and vilify Le—but factors were being not as slice-and-dry as they appeared.
In the weeks pursuing Le’s unsuccessful drug exam, it turned apparent that his final result was thanks to a handful of problems and oversights on the part of the UFC and its companions.
Whilst running in Macau, which does not have its have athletic fee, the UFC operated as its own governing system, and hired a area tests facility to undertake anti-doping actions. As it turned out, this facility was not WADA-authorized, and built a range of critical faults in its testing procedures—most notably tests Le immediately after a gruelling fight, at which place HGH degrees would naturally be increased.
“They said I took HGH,” Lee recounted on the most up-to-date episode of BJPENN.com Radio. “Dr. [Don] Caitlin, an Olympic tests professional, didn’t adhere up for me because he realized me or favored me. He trapped up for his 10 several years of study saying that UFC’s claims from me for using HGH were mistaken.
“If you’re undertaking tests, you have to check when [the test subject] is fasted and when their resting coronary heart level is usual or when they just woke up,” Le continued. “They pretty much tested me and Michael appropriate just after the fight. I was thoroughly clean of everything else. I even took an additional take a look at and set it out there and in contrast the two assessments. Of course my HGH stage was spiked because I literally got blood drawn out of me appropriate after the struggle. They pulled me back to the bathroom when I was all bloody, I in fact experienced just lost the struggle. I went four and a half rounds versus Michael Bisping. Of system my stages are likely to be elevated. I’m bleeding out of my experience, the bone beneath my eye was damaged. So my overall body was making an attempt to mend by itself appropriate then and there, of course my HGH level’s likely to be through the roof. And then for them to throw me underneath the bus…”
Cung Le ongoing, describing that his and Bisping’s assessments were wrecked promptly right after the point, which also harmed the reliability of the statements from him.
“I requested them, ‘hey, where’s Michael’s take a look at?’ [I said] ‘I want to do the blood exam yet again, let us do it yet again.’ They’re like, ‘Oh, it is been destroyed.’ So proper there I knew if you are not on their workforce, if you are not with them, you are against them.”
Just prior to his struggle with Bisping, Le had been provided a new 8-fight offer with the UFC. He states he declined to indicator it simply because he was not able to join with his attorney, but the UFC encouraged him to indicator anyway, evidently upset by his reluctance.
“Right prior to I still left, they desired me to sign one more 8-combat deal,” Le explained. “I would’ve signed it. I was presently imagining of relocating down in body weight, due to the fact all these men [at middleweight] are so massive.
“I talked about that to Dana[ white],” he included. “I didn’t indicator my deal memo ideal then and there, for the reason that my attorney was out of city. They wanted me to indicator it proper then and there, like virtually the working day ahead of I flew out to Vietnam to complete up my coaching camp so I could acclimate to the time in China.”
Le’s failed drug exam and ensuing suspension were finally rescinded for precisely the cause he describes over. Right after this fiasco, however, he decided towards signing a new offer with the UFC, and as an alternative asked for his release from the marketing.
He has not fought considering that.
Now, Cung Le is included in an anti-trust lawsuit versus the UFC. He’s also operating as a manufacturer ambassador for a new battle sports activities advertising termed EKIC, which destinations considerable significance on treating fighters thoroughly.