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Cung Le tests positive for HGH following UFC Fight Night: Macau, suspended for nine months

UFC middleweight competitor Cung Le has been suspended for nine months following a positive drug test for Human Growth Hormone.

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It appears Michael Bisping was right all along.

Just after a month following their encounter in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Macau, it appears that Cung Le has tested positive for Human Growth Hormone (HGH) and has been suspended for nine months.

The UFC released the news along with a short statement available below:

"UFC middleweight Cung Le tested positive for an excess level of Human Growth Hormone in his system following his fight at UFC Fight Night in Macao, China on August 23. Due to his positive test result, Le was suspended by the UFC and notified that he violated the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy and Promotional Agreement with Zuffa, LLC. The UFC has a strict, consistent policy against the use of any illegal and/or performance-enhancing drugs, stimulants or masking agents by our athletes. Le will serve a nine-month suspension and, at its conclusion, will need to pass a drug test before competing in the UFC again."

While there is no athletic commission regulating MMA in Macau, the UFC had announced prior to the event that both Bisping and Le would undergo "enhanced" blood and urine testing. The details behind the actual testing was never revealed.

Bisping defeated Le via fourth round TKO after he battered the former Strikeforce champion for the better part of three rounds. Now 2-2 during UFC tenure, Le will complete a nine-month spell on the sidelines before potentially returning to competition.