He came very close to finishing Cathal Pendred numerous times at UFC Fight Night: Dublin, but not only was Mike King not able to win his bout, he also failed his drug test. The TUF vet tested positive for an anabolic steroid in Nandrolone, and as punishment, he forfeits his $50,000 bonus and has been subsequently released from the promotion.
“The consequences for my conduct are truly significant,” King said in a statement to MMA Fighting. “The life changing $50,000 Fight of The Night bonus I was awarded has been taken away, I have been informed that my UFC promotional agreement is being terminated, I have been placed on a nine month suspension, and I have publicly humiliated myself. I accept full responsibility for my actions and decisions and make no excuses.”
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His opponent, Pendred also reacted to the news via twitter as he campaigned to get the other half of the FOTN bonus, saying “P.E.D = Pendred Enjoying Dollars.”
Nandrolone is a performance enhancing drug that promotes muscle growth, bone density, and red blood cell production. Other notable fighters who have tested positive on the banned substance throughout the years include Josh Barnett, Stephan Bonnar, Nate Marquardt, Royce Gracie, and Sean Sherk.
For more information on Nandrolone and other banned substances check out: Steroids from A to Z, and how they work to improve athletic performance
Here’s the official statement from the UFC:
UFC middleweight Mike King tested positive for nandrolone following his bout against Cathal Pendred at UFC Fight Night Dublin: McGregor vs. Brandao on July 19, 2014. He was informed that his positive test violated the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy and Promotional Agreement with Zuffa, LLC. The UFC has a strict, consistent policy against the use of any illegal and/or performance-enhancing drugs, stimulants or masking agents by our athletes. He agreed to serve a 9-month suspension retroactive to the event and must pass a drug test before receiving clearance to compete again. He will forfeit his $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus.
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