Mike King fails drug test, released by UFC

TUF 19 contestant Mike King has failed a drug test, testing positive for the steroid ‘nandrolone’, and has been suspended for nine months and released by the UFC as a result. The semi-finalist of the middleweight bracket faced Cathal Pendred at UFC Fight Night 46 in Dublin, Ireland.

After coming close to finishing the Irishman on more than one occasion in the first round, with huge strikes and submission attempts aplenty, King was choked out in the second round by hometown favourite Pendred. The loss was the first of King’s professional record, taking his record to 5-1, with all five of his wins coming by way of TKO or submission.

The 31 year-old is ineligible for the next nine months and his $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus has been forfeited. A recent tweet from his opponent, Cathal Pendred, suggests that at least a portion, if not all, of the bonus has been awarded to the Irishman.

The ‘war on PEDs’ has been more prominent than ever in 2014, with multiple fighters being caught for banned substances in recent weeks, from the high profile cases such as Chael Sonnen and Dennis Siver to the less-familiar Robert Drysdale and Kevin Casey. One thing is for sure, the promotion’s decision to implement random drug testing, both in-and-out of competition, has worked wonders.

Pendred explained that while he does not condone the actions of King, he accepts that the American was a nice guy during their time in the house.

Cathal Pendred is set to fight at UFC Fight Night 53 in Stockholm, Sweden against Russian prospect Gasan Umalatov in a welterweight contest.

Update: Pendred has indeed been given King’s $50k bonus, sending out this tweet.

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