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Cathal Pendred pledges donation to Temple St. children's hospital

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Irish Middleweight star, Cathal Pendred has promised to donate some of the extra $50,000 he earned from Mike King's suspension to a Dublin Children's hospital.

Pendred launched a stunning comeback at their UFC Fight Night: Dublin clash, winning via rear naked choke in the second round - after nearly being stopped several times in the first.

He won 'Fight of the Night' honours, alongside King, which netted him a $50,000 bonus from the UFC. However, after King's drugs test results came back negative - he's been given King's $50,000 as well.

Life changing sum of money

Pendred admitted after the Fight Night that the bonus money was going to change his life and with this extra money he's looking to do the same - announcing on Twitter his intentions with the bonus money.

"Thank you @danawhite @lorenzofertitta & J.Silva for rewardeding me for being PED free. I will donate a sum to Temple St. children's hospital" he posted on the social media site earlier today.

Pendred is set to fight once again this year when he takes on Russian fighter, Gasan Umalato in Sweden on October 4th - a card headlined by Gunnar Nelson facing Rick Story and will feature the return of the 'Korean Zombie' Chan Sung Jung as well.

What about King?

As for Mike King, he's had to forfeit the $50,000 bonus money and he's also been suspended for nine months from all MMA competition, as well as being released from his UFC contract.

In their statement the UFC said:

"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."

King gets cut

At the time their statement didn't confirm his release, but other sources have verified that King is no longer a member of the UFC.

It currently gives the UFC extra incentive to chase after drugs cheats - especially when they're able to win up to $50,000 as a bonus, win or lose.

However, it does make the UFC inconsistent in their punishments as they'll release someone like King, who would've seemingly been given another chance, but they won't release the likes of Vitor Belfort, Wanderlei Silva or Chael Sonnen - despite them failing or actively avoiding tests.

They'll need to set a standard somewhere along the lines but at the moment it seems almost as if they're encouraging the bigger fighters to dope up, because they'll still get a second chance even if they do - while smaller fighters are one and done.

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