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UFC Tests For HGH
There was a lot of speculation and suspicion around a fight in August at UFC Fight Night 48 in Macau involving Cung Le. It seems this middleweight fighter bulked up with a little help from the side. It seems there’s good reason for all the speculation. On Tuesday the UFC announced that Cung Le (9-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) tested positive for having excessive levels of HGH in his body following his loss to Michael Bisping (25-6 MMA, 15-6 UFC) on the August 23 event.
Once the UFC had the positive test results of Cung Le, they acted on its own merit and suspended Cung Le for nine months. As well, when Cung Le returns, he will have to pass a drug test if he decides he would like to return to UFC competition under the UFC banner.
During this fight on August 23, Michael Bispiing really laid a beating on Cung Le leaving him battered. Finally, in the fourth round Bisping was finally stopped. Before the fight, Cung Le had adamantly denied that he had developed his physique with the help of unnatural aids like HGH. A photo that was making its way through various media channels online and offline was being widely talked about, because in the photo Cung Le was in exceptional shape for his 42 year age and compared to previous photos there was a significant difference.
This photo impelled many, including Michael Bisping, to wonder if perhaps Cung Le had enlisted help, and so the UFC asked both of these fighters to undergo more testing, which included blood tests.
Bisping told MMAjunkie prior to the fight that he was all in favor of the additional testing and thought it was a great idea. Of course, Bisping didn’t have anything to work about. Had Cung Le been asked he might have had a different response, although he did manage to appear indifferent about it and claimed that his physique was the result of clean eating and super hard training. Le claimed that his physique was all natural, maintaining in a MMA junkie interview that it was because of hard work and good timing combined with perfect lighting.
Le said of the picture. “If I looked like that all the time, I’d be happy. … I have good genetics. People can say whatever they want. If you look at my young pictures, I was shredded.”
The following statement was issued by the UFC
Following the UFC Fight Night in Macao, China on August 23, Cung Le, a UFC middleweight tested positive for an excessive levels of Human Growth Hormone in his system. As a result of his positive test, 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.
This is Not the First Time
Back in 2009 the UFC came under serious scrutiny as it was accused of looking the other way when steroid use was epidemic. At the time, many of the fighters who were testing positive claimed they are victims of the inept athletic commissioners, tainted meat and shady nutritional supplements.
There have been many fighters that have been nailed for steroid or HGH use, including Josh Barnett who has had a number of positives, Chad Sonnen who also has failed a number of drug tests, Tim Sylvia, who admitted to using, Kimo Leopoldo who also admitted to using, and Vitor Belfort to name just a few.
These fighters received everything from large fines to suspensions and often both. However, based on current usage, it doesn’t seem to have deterred these fighters much. The reality is that UFC fighting really makes your body take a beating and these fighters are certainly not getting any younger.
Many of the doctors working with these athletes will hand out legitimate prescriptions to help fighters heal faster after injuries. This is the reality of this line of work – their bodies take a real beating. The trouble is that synthetic HGH is banned for any reason because of the other benefits that can be enjoyed by these fighters.
In fact, synthetic HGH injections are banned in a number of professional sports and the penalties for risking use are severe. In some cases it can cost an athlete their career. It seems that athletes should be taking a real hard look at whether they want to continue using synthetic HGH when the risks are so high. A better alternative might be to look to HGH supplements like Genfx, Genf20 Plus, Provacyl and Sytropin that help the body naturally increase production of HGH and these would never cause too high of HGH levels in the body.