Tensions between the UFC and middleweight fighter Cung Le have hit a breaking point.
On Wednesday’s edition of the Gross Point Blank podcast with Josh Gross, Le said he has asked his manager to request for his release from the UFC.
Le explained that he no longer believes in the organization and he would prefer not to be associated with them. The decision comes following the organization rescinding their suspension of the fighter for the botched handling of a post-fight drug test that showed Le had elevated levels of human growth hormone.
“I got a bad taste in my mouth with the UFC, and I worked extremely hard and I sacrificed a lot for them,” he told the podcast. “There’s also a lot of perks to being a part of the UFC, but it’s not worth what they did.
“I’d just prefer not to be part of the UFC anymore.”
Le was initially suspended nine months by the UFC for the failed test, but they then extended it to 12 months, citing an error in their initial announcement. The fighter was adamant in the media that he was clear of any wrongdoing, vocally challenging the UFC in their testing procedures.
The fighter didn’t detail what his next career move would be if granted the release. But with the recent reshuffling of business practices at Bellator, a release from the UFC could mean Le can test the waters and fight under Scott Coker’s promotion. Le and Coker have history since the fighter was the promoter’s middleweight champion when the two were part of Strikeforce some years ago.
However, Le downplayed the idea of jumping ship to the rival promoter, despite explaining that he wouldn’t be treated the same negative way if a similar situation happened while fighting for Coker and Bellator.
“Just because I asked to be released doesn’t mean I’m going to run over to Bellator,” he said. “Scott’s been my friend for 20 years, and he would have never done anything like that. He would have given me the benefit of the doubt, and he would have gone out and done his research that all the facts were straight before they would have released it, because that’s the kind of person he is.”