Cung Le Denies Taking Performance Enhancing Drugs
The UFC recently announced that middleweight Cung Le’s Fight Night 48 post-fight drug test results showed that he used human growth hormone ahead of his fight with Michael Bisping. This fetched Le a 12 month suspension.
Le has now released a statement on the situation, through his manager Gary Ibarra, denying he took HGH or any performance enhancing drugs.
“I was completely surprised at the results of my recent drug test. I was informed by the UFC that I passed my pre and post-fight drug test as well as the majority of the blood tests with the only abnormality being an elevated level of hGH being present.
I tested negative for Anabolics, Stimulants, Diuretics, Masking Agents and my Testosterone levels were within World Anti- Doping Agency and Nevada State Athletic Commission Approved Limits – a total of three times over two urine tests and a blood test collected both before and after my fight which is what makes these hGH results so difficult for me to accept as correct.
This has also caused me to call the testing procedures into question. I have been informed that there are many possible reasons for a level of hGH to exceed what is allowed unknowingly and my doctors are researching those possibilities, which may include a much more serious health concern.
I have also been informed about the unreliability of the current hGH testing that exists and it’s high rate of inaccuracy. I want to reiterate to my fans and the fans of mixed martial arts everywhere that I did not take any performance enhancing drugs or anything that would cause my natural level of hGH to exceed normal levels. ”
Because the drug tests for UFC Fight Night 48 in Macau, China were conducted by the UFC themselves, it’s unclear if Le is able to file an appeal of the findings and suspension. At 42-yeas old, it’s very unlikely we’ll see Le back in the Octagon.