When you consider that Michael Bisping has fought several men in recent years who have failed drug tests, yes, that would be dudes like Vitor Belfort and Chael Sonnen, it’s not surprising to hear that he has a few things to say about Cung Le’s recent suspension.
Yes, as nearly everyone under the MMA sun now knows, Le has been suspended for one year, after testing positive for human growth hormone. The news came out just about a month after, Bisping put away the dynamic fighter in the fourth round at UFC FN 48.
Bisping recently spoke with MMA Fighting.com about Le’s test results, and here is some of what the outspoken vet had to say:
“Fortunately, I won the fight,” Bisping said. “If I lost, I would be outraged and would have more to say. I don’t want to kick a man while he’s down. He has to explain this to his kids. Hopefully, this will be a lesson for him and everyone: this is not a road one should take.”
“He tried to cheat me out of a victory,” he said. “If I would have lost to him, I wouldn’t be fighting Luke Rockhold in the main event, people would probably be asking me to retire … He tried to cheat me out of a lot.”
The British fighter also relayed that “in some ways” he feels “bad” for Le, since he has to face the “consequences” of what’s taken place. That’s an interesting comment, since it comes from a guy like Bisping, who certainly isn’t known for holding back. Perhaps it’s because Le is 42, and now that he’ll be out for a year, his fighting career has gotten that much shorter.
As Bisping also noted, it’s easier to move on when you’ve scored an impressive victory, and are booked for an highly anticipated bout with a fellow contender as a result of said win…There’s no question that if Bisping had lost to Le, his title shot run would have been considerably set back, if not finished.
Bisping will take on his rival Rockhold at UFC FN 55 on November 8th, which will go down at the Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia. “The Count” is currently ranked #9 in the UFC’s division and Rockhold is positioned at #5.