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Morning Report: Fighters react to Cung Le's failed drug test

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Hindsight is 20/20 but it looks like Brian Stann was ahead of the game back in August.

Stann tweeted a not-so-blind item following the main event between Michael Bisping and Cung Le at UFC Fight Night: Macau, referencing his belief that all was not Kosher with the former Strikeforce middleweight champion. Bisping stopped Le in the fourth round of a one-sided affair, apparently to the delight of Stann.

Speculation turned to fact Tuesday with news that Le had tested positive for excess levels of Human Growth Hormone (HGH) in a post-fight drug test. Bisping had requested the additional advanced testing that undoubtedly brought about Le's result, but he gave his opponent the benefit of the doubt throughout fight week.

Here's how the rest of the MMA world reacted to the news:

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No no mas. American Top Team coach Ricardo Liborio blames the calamity between Yoel Romero and Tim Kennedy on a language barrier, says his fighter was never out of the fight and thinks Romero should get a top five opponent next.

'I'm going to have a lot of fun.' Chris Weidman says he plans to 'embarrass' and 'make a mockery' out of Vitor Belfort.

Signal to noise. Luke Thomas brings us the best and worst of UFC 178.

Promotional malpractice. Renzo Gracie alleges that promoters drugged him in an attempt to sabotage his PRIDE 2 bout with Sanae Kikuta. 'I remember people knocking at the door and I woke up, but I couldn't move out of my bed. And I never had a sleep like this in my whole life.'

Ratings report. Dave Meltzer explains how quick finishes from Brandon Halsey and Dominick Cruz ended up hurting the overall average ratings for both Bellator and the UFC.

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MEDIA STEW

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Dan Hardy breaks down UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Story.

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UFC ranking report. Dominick Cruz moves up from No. 10 to No. 2.

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UFC On The Fly - Ilir Latifi.

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Here's the full version of Conor McGregor's post-fight spot on FOX Sports 1, not the edited down version they uploaded to YouTube. Same goes for Dana White's interview with Ariel Helwani.

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Rick Story talks fight with Gunnar Nelson.

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Bet you didn't know yesterday was 'Myles Jury Day.'

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Long watches.

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TWEETS

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March sound good?

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Damn.

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Coming around.

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Nice.

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[Outstanding]

I won from a waiter here in São Paulo this caricature made in papaya! Great job! Thanks Rogerio, waiter of the restaurant where I'm staying in SP, papaya made quickly in a drawing of my face ... It was identical, the guy is an artist.

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Get well soon.

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Wild.

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Stay tuned - Pizza Cake.

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced yesterday (Sept. 30 2014)

Rob Font out, Mitch Gagnon vs. Roman Salazar at UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs. Saffiedine

Beneil Dariush vs. Diego Ferreira at UFC 179

Jeremy Stephens vs. Charles Oliveira at The Ultimate Fighter 20 Finale

Edgar Garcia vs. Hector Urbina at UFC 180

Emanuel Newton vs. Linton Vassell at Bellator 130

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via UFC IS JOKE Sometimes.

Michael Bisping has every right to be upset!

So let me get this out there. I gave Mr Bisping little to no credit for the Cung Lee victory, and that's because I believe Cung wasn't even top 20 in MW division. He offered ZERO advancement for Bisping. And I can tell you now, Michael was a complete ass on twitter when I made it known he should beat a top 5 then brag about it.

That being said, we all knew something was up with Cung and looking as jacked as he was. And what he said just decimated the martial arts community. Saying things like I'm a martial artist I'm an honourable man etc etc. I'm quite hurt by this.

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