Mike King has been released by the UFC after a drugs test following the UFC Fight Night 46 in Dublin, Ireland revealed that had the steroid nandralone in his system.
King, who was making his UFC debut off the back of a 5-0 start to his MMA career lost to local Irish hero Cathal Pendred by second round submission at the event in an entertaining encounter that would go on to be awarded ‘Fight Of The Night’ honors.
However, King won’t see his $50,000 bonus award as that’s been rescinded as part of his punishment for the failed drugs test.
In addition King will have to serve a nine-month suspension from the sport and will be required to pass a drugs test before he can compete again.
King has released a statement to MMAfighting.com in which he takes full responsibility for his actions and accepts the punishments handed down to him.
“Following my bout against Cathal Pendred at UFC Fight Night Dublin: McGregor vs. Brandao on July 19, 2014 I tested positive for the banned substance Nandrolone.
The consequences for my conduct are truly significant: 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.
I want to apologize to my opponent and friend Cathal Pendred, the UFC, Dana White, Lorenzo Fertitta, coaches, team mates, management, friends, family, and most importantly my fans.
I believe in the power of redemption and second chances. I will work tirelessly to prove I am a trustworthy person who deserves the honor of competing at the highest level in the sport I love.