Oh, to be 42 again… Or is it 24? Well, it’s 42 if you look like the new and improved Cung Le (pictured).
The biggest story heading into Saturday’s scrap between Le and Michael Bisping is how chiseled Le appears in the above picture taken last month.
Bisping, like most of the MMA world, was curious how someone who has never been so ripped all of a sudden emerged looking like Tony Horton. I mean, how much P90X can a man do?
Bisping didn’t flat out accuse Le of taking banned substances since the last time he was seen inside of a cage, which was 21 months ago when the kickboxer knocked out Rich Franklin, but said he would be all for enhanced drug testing on fight night.
For his part, Le said the photo above is merely an illusion. Le claims that’s not how he looks every day. The pic was snapped after a killer workout where he shed six pounds of water weight. The perfect lighting helped enhance his muscles and veins, as well.
Whether you believe Le or not, the UFC heard Bisping’s plea. On Wednesday’s edition of “UFC Tonight,” it was reported the middleweights will undergo additional blood and urine exams on Saturday.
Since China has no recognized athletic commission to oversee the event in Macau, the UFC will act as the governing body and pay for the enhanced screenings.
The only problem is, it’s probably too late.
IF Le was taking something illegal, he would have tapered it out of his system by now. It’s a good PR move by the UFC, but if MMA fans have learned nothing else in the past couple of months, it’s that random testing is the way to go.
Here’s what Le looked like when he weighed in to fight Franklin (Props to Esther Lin of MMAFighting.com):
Let’s see how Le looks when he tips the scale tomorrow.