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UFC Awards Cathal Pendred $50,000 For Released Fighter Mike King’s UFC Fight Night 46 Bonus

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The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 19 contestant Mike King was unsuccessful in his official Octagon debut, losing a hard-fought decision to Irish fight Cathal Pendred in a “Fight of the Night”-winning affair at July 19’s UFC Fight Night 46 from Dublin, Ireland.

The $50,000 bonus King earned for his part in the bout softened the sting of defeat for him a bit; however, things only got worse from there. It was found yesterday that King had failed a drug test for Nandrolone, a banned performance-enhancing drug (PED), and was released from the promotion.

Today, news comes from MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani that Pendred will receive King’s post-fight bonus in addition to his own:

Pendred hopped on social media to convey his thanks to his employers. Noting that he would donate a sum of money to Temple St. Children’s Hospital:

PEDs have cost yet another fighter dearly in the UFC, and this time they caused a fighter to lose his job. Pendred showed a ton of heart in weathering the early storm from a synthetically enhanced King, and now he’s been doubly rewarded for his efforts.

Even if King would have won, it would have been all for naught. Will professional fighters ever learn that PEDs are going to ruin their careers, or is the allure of an artificial edge simply too good to pass up?

  • I like how the UFC didnt just take the money back, but gave it to Pendred. Good stuff! That's a hard earned and well deserved 100k Bonus for Cathal…!

    • awesome he gave the extra bonus to charity

  • A lot of fighters getting popped for PED's now and with the UFC stepping it up now with punishment as well, like releasing King immediately. They might start thinking twice before trying to cheat!

  • I agree. Let's hope it sparks a change. Key word hope……..