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Michael Bisping on Cung Le: 'He tried to cheat me out of a victory'

Victor Fraile

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 as a result, he admitted that his career might be on the line going into Macau.

Le isn't Bisping's first UFC opponent to fail a post-fight drug test -- Chris Leben tested positive for steroids after he lost to Bisping at UFC 89 in 2008. In addition, Bisping has lost to known TRT users Dan Henderson, Chael Sonnen and Vitor Belfort, as well as the recently banned-for-life Wanderlei Silva. So, 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.

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