Middleweight Mike King has paid a hefty price for a failed drug test after last month’s UFC Fight Night 46 event in Ireland. He’s been forced to forfeit his $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus and will be forced to serve a nine-month suspension. The organization issued a statement adding that King will be forced to pass a drug test before he is cleared to compete again once he’s served his punishment. King issued a statement saying his current UFC contract has been terminated.
The previously unbeaten King was involved in a highly entertaining clash against Ireland’s Cathal Pendred on July 19 in Dublin. King nearly finished “The Punisher” in the opening round. However, the tide would turn in a major way in round two as Pendred would rally to secure a thrilling come-from-behind submission victory. It was King’s first career setback after posting five straight wins. All of those victories had been produced by knockout or submission.
It certainly wasn’t the start that King had been hoping for to begin his Octagon tenure. He was quick to issue a public statement apologizing for his actions after being caught having the anabolic steroid nandrolone in his system. King says he’s publicly humiliated himself and accepts full responsibility for his actions. He’s hoping that he will get a second chance to redeem himself down the road.
King was a recent cast member on Season 19 of The Ultimate Fighter. He was defeated in the quarter-finals by eventual TUF 19 middleweight winner Eddie Gordon. He’d expressed interest in a possible rematch, but that’s going to have to wait for quite some time.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports