UFC officials have clarified that Cung Le has been suspended for one year, not the nine months previously reported.
A new statement was released, citing an error in the initial announcement. Le was found to have excessive amounts of HGH in his system following a loss to Michael Bisping in China earlier this year.
Below is the new statement from the promotion:
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.