Cung Le is done with Zuffa.
Despite being over a month away from Cung Le’s drug test results coming in, the fighter isn’t happy with the way the company forced him to take a drug test which he still feels is unnecessary. Yesterday, Le revealed that he asked his manager, Gary Ibarra, to negotiate his exit.
Appearing on the “Gross Point Blank” podcast, Le said that he cannot work for UFC anymore.
“I’d just prefer not to be part of the UFC anymore,” Le told Gross. “I’d prefer not to put the effort into something I don’t believe in anymore.”
It was initially announced that Le had tested positive for elevated levels of human growth hormone following his fourth round TKO loss to Michael Bisping at UFC Fight Night 48 on Aug. 23 in Macau. The UFC, which oversees its own drug testing for international events, first announced a nine-month suspension, then pushed it to a year.
“The consensus prior to this situation was that Cung was that he was an honorable man,” Ibarra said. “A family man, a true embodiment of what martial arts is: Respect, honor, he embodied all of those things. And now hii career will ever be tarnished, or forever have something of an asterisk next to it, due to something that is no fault of his own. Does anybody deserve that? No, absolutely not. I would hope the UFC would understand that and recuse themselves from further drug testing when there are no athletic commissions, and leave drug testing in the hands of people who specialize in drug testing so that this doesn’t happen again.”
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