Former Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le has requested release from his UFC contract. While his PED suspension was rescinded after an appeal, the damage had already apparently been done. According to MMAjunkie, Le stated on the “Gross Point Blank” podcast:
“I asked (my manager) Gary (Ibarra) to ask the UFC to release me for … what they’ve done to me,” Le said on the Gross Point Blank podcast. “I really don’t want to be a part of a promotion that doesn’t (give) their fighters the benefit of the doubt.”
The UFC slapped Cung Le with a one year suspension for high levels of Human Growth Hormone about a month ago, but the sentence was overturned after doubts were raised about the validity of the post-fight drug test. The UFC claimed that it could not definitely prove that Le had elevated levels of HGH in his system. The test was conducted by an independent laboratory, which was not certified by the World Anti-Doping Agency to conduct the test.
The accusation, nonetheless, took its toll on Le. Because Le is not interested in competing in the UFC, the next question of course is if/where he wants to fight. Former Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker would most likely welcome Le and work with the former middleweight champ in Bellator. On this prospest, he writes:
“Just because I asked to be released doesn’t mean I’m going to run over to Bellator,” he said. “Yes, Scott’s been my friend for 20 years, and he would have never done anything like that. He would have given me the benefit of the doubt, and he would have gone out and done his research that all the facts were straight before they would have released it, because that’s the kind of person he is.”
Cung Le totaled up an MMA career record of 9-3 (2-2 UFC). Le also competed in K-1 and Strikeforce (when it was solely kickboxing), earning a perfect record of 17-0. Most recently, he lost to Michael Bisping via 4th round TKO in fight night 48.