Cung Le and Piotr Hallmann both fail drug tests: face long suspensions

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Two more UFC stars have tested positive for performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) following high profile fights.

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Cung Le has tested positive for the drug HGH (human growth hormone) and has been suspended for a year by the UFC, following his main event fight at UFC Fight Night 48 against Michael Bisping.

On the other hand, Piotr Hallmann was involved in UFC Fight Night's 51 'Fight of the Night' and awarded a $50,000 bonus - which he's now been stripped of.

Cracking down on the cheats

Earlier this year, many people were hounding the UFC to start cracking down harder on drugs cheats and change their entire drug test policy, or they'll jeopardise the future of the sport.

They certainly listened and 2014 has been one of the biggest years in busting high profile drugs cheats, with the retirements of Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva coming as a result of their infamous dual failures.

This said, the system itself isn't perfect yet and Le's test failure has come under much scrutiny due to the tests being done by a non-WADA certified lab - who managed to throw out Le's positive sample.

There's also currently no appeals process in the UFC for positive drugs tests like there are in other sports and that's another aspect that has faced questions.

Lengthy suspensions

For Hallmann, the removal of his $50,000 'Fight of the Night' bonus is perhaps the biggest hit, but he'll also be suspended from fighting for nine months, which means he's out of two/three paydays.

Le will likely retire on the back of his suspension. At 42, he was coming off a long layoff anyway and he's been banned for 12 months, in comparison to the nine of Hallmann.

The difference lies in that Hallmann was suspended by the Brazilian Commission, while the UFC had to act as it's own commission of sorts in Macau, and as such the punishment has been decreed by them - hence the lack of appeals process.

As we move to the end of 2014, there's still nine more events this year for the UFC to catch out drugs cheats and while the fingers are crossed for there to be no more incidents - it is just as likely that 2014 could catch out yet another big name.

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