Michael Bisping on Cung Le: 'He tried to cheat me out of a victory'
Michael Bisping isn't as mad as you would think after finding out that Cung Le, his most recent opponent, was on HGH when he defeated him in August.
That's because Bisping defeated Le.
"Fortunately, I won the fight," Bisping said. "If I lost, I would be outraged and would have more to say. I don't want to kick a man while he's down. He has to explain this to his kids. Hopefully, this will be a lesson for him and everyone: this is not a road one should take.
"In some ways, I feel bad for him and he has to pay the consequences."
Le has been suspended 12 months by the UFC for testing positive for HGH following their Aug. 23 fight in Macau, which Bisping won via fourth-round TKO. The win improved Bisping's record to 25-6, while Le fell to 9-3.
And while Bisping didn't want to pile it on the 42-year-old Le, he was certainly aware of what could have been.
"He tried to cheat me out of a victory," he said. "If I would have lost to him, I wouldn't be fighting Luke Rockhold in the main event, people would probably be asking me to retire ... He tried to cheat me out of a lot."
Prior to the Le fight, Bisping battled a serious eye injury and lost to Tim Kennedy in April, and he admitted that his career might be on the line going into Macau.
Le is Bisping's first UFC opponent to fail a post-fight drug test, however, Bisping has lost to known TRT users Dan Henderson, Chael Sonnen and Vitor Belfort, as well as the recently banned-for-life Wanderlei Silva. As a result, Bisping said he's happy to see the UFC, who served as the regulatory body in Macau, ramp up its drug-testing efforts. Both Bisping and Le were asked to take blood and urine tests after the fight.
"I'm glad the UFC is doing what they can to clean up the sport," he said.
Next for Bisping is a Nov. 7 fight against rival Luke Rockhold in Sydney.
Holly Holm being discussed to make UFC debut on Dec. 6
The much-anticipated UFC debut of accomplished women's boxer-turned-mixed martial artist Holly Holm could happen at UFC 181.
UFC Tonight reported that the 32-year-old Holm is in talks to compete on the Dec. 6 card in Las Vegas, likely as part of the Fox Sports 1 prelims. According to sources with knowledge of her situation, Holm has zeroed in on the date, and the UFC is looking to pit her against Russian fighter Milana Dudieva, who made her own UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 48 in Macau against Elizabeth Phillips. Phillips (11-3) won that fight via split decision.
Though the fight is being considered, nothing is official yet. Raquel Pennington has also been discussed as a possible opponent, according to the report.
Holm has been a rising name in MMA after segueing from boxing, where she won the WBF female, IBF female, and WBAN welterweight titles. Since she began competing professionally in MMA, she has gone 7-0, her latest victory coming at Legacy 30 against Juliana Werner (fifth-round TKO).
Holm trains at Jackson-Winkeljohn's in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is currently ranked No. 15 on the media-driven UFC rankings.
T.J. Dillashaw on Dominick Cruz: 'I'd be happy to put him back in retirement'
With Dominick Cruz's explosive return after three years out of competition, current UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw at least knows who his next title defense will come against.
It'll be against none other than "The Dominator," Dominick Cruz, who was stripped of the belt after injuries prolonged his return. And just a few days removed from Cruz's annihilation of No. 5-ranked Takeya Mizugaki at UFC 178 -- in which Cruz referred to Dillashaw's Team Alpha Male team as "Alpha Fails" after the fight -- the feud between Cruz and Dillashaw is already getting heated. Cruz has had a long rival with Team Alpha Male owner, Urijah Faber -- the last man to defeated Cruz back in 2007.
Speaking to UFC Tonight, Dillashaw responded to the barb, and said he'd willingly send Cruz off again into the sunset.
"I thought he looked good, and I am happy for him to be able to return," he told Ariel Helwani. "I thought his 'Alpha Fail' [line] was a little uncalled for since I've shown nothing but respect, but I'd be happy to put him back in retirement."
Dillashaw won the 135-pound title at UFC 173 with a shocking upset of Renan Barao, who hadn't lost in over nine years heading in. Barao -- who was deemed the interim champion while Cruz recovered from his ACL surgeries, and later the undisputed champion when Cruz late tore a groin -- had three title defenses in he reign. Dillashaw has compiled one, which came against Joe Soto at UFC 177 in Sacramento.
Soto was a stand-in for Barao, who was plucked from the card at the eleventh hour after hurting himself during the weigh cutting process. Given the problems Barao has had making weight, the UFC made it clear after the incident that Barao had forfeited his right to a rematch right away. So when Cruz scored an emphatic 61-second TKO of Mizugaki, he became the obvious No. 1 contender.
Asked if Cruz was deserving of the next title shot, Dillashaw told UFC Tonight he was all for it.
"I'm not complaining because I've wanted to fight him for a long time," he said.
UFC releases updated statement on Cung Le
It seems Cung Le will be on the sidelines for a little while longer.
The UFC, who originally suspended the star nine months on Tuesday, admits now the middleweight will be out 12 months.
Zuffa, LLC, owner of the Ultimate Fighting Championship®, released an updated statement regarding the suspension of UFC middleweight Cung Le:
After review by UFC Senior Management, an error was discovered regarding the length of Cung Le’s suspension due to a failed drug test. While originally stated as nine months, the correct suspension period to be enforced is 12 months.
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. He will still be required to pass a drug screening before being allowed to compete in the UFC following the completion of his suspension.
Georges St-Pierre refutes report claiming he is returning to fighting
Earlier this week, Renzo Gracie said on "The MMA Hour" that he was certain Georges St-Pierre would return to fighting in the future. On Wednesday, St-Pierre's former manager Stephane Patry reported on RDS that St-Pierre had officially decided to come back, as well.
The whispers continue to get louder and louder about the former welterweight king's return.
However, when contacted by MMAFighting.com following the RDS report on Wednesday, St-Pierre said it was not true: he has yet to decide whether he'll fight again.
"Georges has absolutely no return plan [right now]," his long-time coach and friend Firas Zahabi said.
In the RDS report, Patry stated that St-Pierre will soon open a gym in Montreal, but Zahabi said it's mainly a rehabilitation center, not one for MMA training.
"Nothing exciting," he said.
The 33-year-old St-Pierre, who is still recovering from a left torn ACL suffered in March, hasn't fought since last November. After defeating Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 to retain the welterweight title, he decided to relinquish the title in order to take some time off from the sport. He has never officially announced his retirement or his intentions to fight again.
Since then, Johny Hendricks won the vacant welterweight title by defeating Robbie Lawler, and he'll defend the title for the first time in a rematch against Lawler at UFC 181 on Dec. 6. UFC president Dana White has publicly said that St-Pierre would receive an immediate title shot if he ever returns to the UFC.