Cung Le, the former Strikeforce champ-turned-UFC star, may have knocked Rich Franklin into retirement thanks to a two minute-seventeen second KO back in 2012, but the deadly striker has been seeking an exit from the UFC for a while now. He joined Nate Quarry, Jon Fitch et al. in their class action lawsuit, and recently, took the opportunity to voice his side of where things went sour.
As per MMAFighting:
“After fighting Patrick Cote [at UFC 148], I thought I broke my foot,” said Le. “Dana White says, ‘I need you for Macau.’ I said, ‘I don’t think I can fight. My foot, I think it’s broken.’ I went to the doctor and they said, ‘It’s not broken but it’s a deep bone bruise.’ It can be as bad as a broken foot. Two weeks later I was in a walking boot in San Jose when Chris Weidman fought Mark Munoz. They were like, ‘Why are you wearing that? We need you in Macau.’ They were like, ‘It’s just a bone bruise. You’ll be OK.’ I told them I wasn’t cleared. Doctor hasn’t cleared me.
“Two weeks after that Dan Henderson fought Lyoto Machida[sic]. I was in Los Angeles and they told me to meet them after the fight. I told them the doctor still hadn’t cleared me. ‘Hasn’t cleared you? You’ve got to step up for the company.’ I told them I couldn’t get the doctor to give me a notice. I don’t think they can do that. I told them hopefully I would be cleared in a week. Dana says, ‘OK. You’ve got to let me know right away.’ That night I’m driving and my phone blows up. Dana had announced my fight with Rich Franklin in Macau.”
Obviously, the Franklin fight went his way, but after that came a stint as host of TUF: China, which Le claims he was underpaid for. Then he took a fight against Michael Bisping, and after losing that one, “allegedly” failed a drug test.
While Le was still under suspension, Dr. Don Catlin, one of the foremost authorities on the study of performance enhancing drugs, criticized the result by stating Le’s HGH levels were even lower than the expected post-exercise reference range for an athlete giving a sample after strenuous activity.
Basically, the good doctor said Le’s test results should be ignored.
Le presented this data to the UFC, but says he was still pressured to admit he was guilty of using PEDs.
“Gary [Ibarra] presented that to them,” said Le. “At the time I didn’t even want to talk to them. I was disgusted with what happened. They agreed to lift my suspension and let it go. Of course, the day Gary calls me and says [UFC] are going to release a thing saying that the suspension has been lifted and they’re retracting what happened, Dana called me and tells me if I just admit it, it’ll be easier.
“The public would forgive me more. ‘Look at the pitcher from the New York Giants[sic], he got busted for something.’ Dana was saying it’s easier just to admit it. I just didn’t want to talk to him anymore. Had to hang up. He might as well have just sent some thugs to my house to strong-arm me or something. It’s just ridiculous. Sometimes you get the s**t end of the stick and they just happen to be the s**t.”
Business. No matter what, there’s always someone unhappy because of it at the end of the day. Count Cung Le as one of the unhappy ones.