If you planned on seeing Cung Le back in the Octagon soon, after the UFC announced recently it was lifting the middleweight’s suspension, well, you may want to re-evaluate that hope.
Yes, it looks like it will take a lot of pleading and apologies from the UFC, if it hopes to have Le step into the Octagon once again. If you recall, the promotion suspended Le for a year, after it claimed the feared striker tested positive for human growth hormone, following his loss to Michael Bisping in August.
The 42 year-old insisted he never took anything, and after his management, and others, started questioning the efficacy of the lab the UFC used for the test, the promotion eventually withdrew the suspension.
Evidently, that wasn’t enough, as Le relayed on Josh Gross’s podcast, Gross Point Blank, that he’s asked the UFC to release him from his contract. The actor and noted finisher, also reportedly stated (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“I asked (my manager) Gary (Ibarra) to ask the UFC to release me for … what they’ve done to me,” Le said. “I really don’t want to be a part of a promotion that doesn’t (give) their fighters the benefit of the doubt.”
“I got a bad taste in my mouth with the UFC, and I worked extremely hard and I sacrificed a lot for them, and there’s also a lot of perks to being a part of the UFC, but it’s not worth what they did.”
So, it will be interesting to see what happens from here, and whether the UFC grants Le his wish.
According to a report from MMA Fighting.com, Le also said he’d be interested in fighting for Scott Coker, who ran Strikeforce when the middleweight was one of its top stars. Coker is now the boss man for Bellator.
Although Le’s in the final years of his fighting career, there’s no question he’s still a big name and draw.
Le has gone 2-2 since he joined the UFC, as the San Jose fighter has scored wins over Rich Franklin and Patrick Cote, and was also stopped by Wanderlei Silva.
The middleweight’s record currently stands at 9-3.