Cung Le Wants to be Released by the UFC; Would be open to Fighting For Bellator
Former Strikeforce middleweight champion and current UFC fighter, Cung Le, has recently revealed he wants to be released from the #1 MMA organization in the world. It’s not often a fighter would want to leave the UFC, but with the fallout of the UFC claiming Le failed his UFC Fight Night 48 post-fight drug test for human growth hormone, and later rescinding the result – it’s left a bitter taste in Le’s mouth.
Speaking to Josh Gross on the Gross Point Blank Podcast, here’s what Le had to say:
“I’d just prefer not to be part of the UFC anymore. I’d prefer not to put the effort into something I don’t believe in anymore.”
In regards to what MMA organization Le would consider joining, should UFC grant his request, here’s what Le said:
“If I would fight for anyone, it would be Scott Coker. I would not fight for the UFC after what happened.”
Cung Le fought Michael Bisping at UFC Fight Night 48 in Macau, China. Le lost the fight via fourth round TKO. A couple weeks after the fight, the UFC announced that Le had failed his post-fight drug test for HGH and suspended him for 9-months.
Cung Le adamantly denied taking any performance enhancing drugs and revealed he would be appealing the decision.
Before Le could go through with the official appeal process, the UFC rescinded his suspension and drug test result, after it came to light that the testing process the lab that UFC had selected might not have been efficient enough for tracing HGH.
But Le was still hurt by the initial ruling from the UFC and clearly has no desire to continue fighting for them.
At 42-years-old, Cung Le is close to the end of his combat sports career. If the UFC does grant him his release, it’s very likely Bellator MMA’s president Scott Coker would sign the flashy and exciting fight to their promotion. For how many fights would be anyone’s guess at this point.
Will the UFC grant Le’s request, knowing he could very well go to a competitor? We should know that answer within the coming weeks.