Mo Lawal’s camp reveals source of positive drug test

In appears Strikeforce light heavyweight Muhammed Lawal will stray from the norm and avoid filing an appeal with the Nevada State Athletic Commission relating to a positive drug test result. However, Lawal also isn’t admitting guilt but rather pleading innocence by ignorance.

Lawal and his manager, Mike Kogan, spoke about the subject while appearing as guests on The MMA Hour where they explained their side of the situation including what they believed to be the culprit of all the controversy.

According to Lawal’s camp he used a supplement he purchased at Max Muscle called S-Mass Lean Gainer. However, as it turns out, the substance featured the very steroid – Drostanolone – found in Lawal’s system and is no longer carried by the chain of fitness stores.

“To the best of my research, this product was taken off the shelves some time in mid-2011, for exactly the same reason that we’re facing right now,” said Kogan. “Its primary and only relevant ingredient of that particular product is a substance known as Methyldrostanolone, which is basically just a pill format of Drostanolone.”

“When I went to Max Muscle, I figured you can’t buy steroids at a Max Muscle,” Lawal added. “It’s a chain store. That’s like going to a grocery store and buying something illegal there.”

Because Lawal is acknowledging he did take the drug he was popped for he is not appealing the NSAC’s finding.

“What we will file is an answer, and an answer would involve affirming their test results and providing our findings and our explanation,” relayed Kogan who remained hopeful their honesty and the context of the use would be taken into account in terms of punishment from the regulatory board.

PHOTO CREDIT – STRIKEFORCE

9 COMMENTS
  • MCM says:

    well, it’s definitely a new approach.

    Personally, I don’t care anymore about who “uses” and doesn’t. With all the allegations over the past 6 months from King Mo, Cyborg, Overeem, not to mention Chael, Nate, T.Silva and all the others, I started doing some simple, internet based research into roids.
    From Google, Wikipedia, YouTube, and the fact that my kid has been prescribed steroids. I believe that roids aren’t much different that plain old exercise, they get you stronger than you would be with out them.
    What’s the difference between taking roids or supplements? How bout using the Dolce diet or weight cutting? Isn’t lifting weights in general, designed to make you bigger and stronger than you would normally be? That’s not “cheating”?

    And who really benefits from all this? Cagepotato did a cool article where they listed all the MMA fighters that have been caught over the years. Here’s an interesting quote…
    “…Of the aforementioned fighters who were accused of steroid use after fights, 14 were successful in those fights, while 21 were unsuccessful. So, the jury’s still out in that whole “competitive advantage” thing…”
    http://www.cagepotato.com/mma-steroid-busts-definitive-timeline/

    Look at it this way, Hendo, Marquardt, Chael, and probably a ton more are all allowed to use steroids, why is it OK for them and not everybody?

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  • LiverPunch says:

    Ive had enough of this. As if you would take a supplement and not know exactly whats in it, especially after it happened so often. He may have not cried wolf before but others have for him. I dont care if he is guilty through stupidity or the will to gain an advantage, he is 100% guilty. So dont bother with this rubbish. I just dont believe he and his camp are so stupid.

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  • LiverPunch says:

    MCM I see what you are saying but the idea is that a line must be drawn. Doing exercise does give you an advantage but doing more intense excersise with better results, less injuries and quicker healing time than normal is what PEDs offer. Most do it imo. The thing is though that people who dont participate in sports that get tested can take them and those with an intetest In doing so can figure out how to beat testing methods with them. Customs are always catching drug imports into the US and are always looking for them and yet you can buy drugs in every city in America. People will always figure out a way to cheat or beat police/testers if there is incentive to do so.

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  • king mah mah says:

    @ MCM-Comparing steroids to “plain old exercise” is a little silly if you ask me.

    If you’re a pro athlete and it gives you an advantage in your training that not everybody else has, then it is cheating. It doesn’t matter if you end up being successful in the cage or not. Your plan was to gain an advantage over the competition by using something that is illegal. The only people that are going to defend steroid use, typically, are people that use steroids.

    Also, the comparison saying “lifting weights isn’t cheating”, is a pretty weak argument. Working hard and lifting weights naturally and having a “normal” recovery time is not the same as using steroids. If you’re juicing and your recovery time is cut in half, then how is that not cheating or unfair to people who are working hard and doing it naturally?

    Plus if you’re saying steroids doesn’t give anybody an advantage, then why the hell do athlete’s take the risk of taking them and being caught? Not to mention the harm some of them can do to your body. The answer is IT’S CHEATING! AND THEY KNOW IT!

    Just thought I’d debate with ya, peace.

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  • MCM says:

    king mah mah:
    “If you’re a pro athlete and it gives you an advantage in your training that not everybody else has,…”
    That’s the point, who’s to say not everybody has that same advantage? Whether doing them or having access to them, everybody at the UFC level is, at the very least, around them.

    PED’s are a chemical enhancement that help speed up the bodies natural processes. So are supplements, and every MMA fighter in the UFC is taking one or more form of supplement. Even the diets fighters are on is a form of chemical enhancement.
    So steroids are bad, even though every professional fighter has access to them, but PED’s (supplements) sold over the counter at GNC are OK and designer diets that are created to do a lot of the same things steroids are made for are OK. That doesn’t make sense to me.
    I understand why people don’t want to see genetic enhancement in sports, and that’s fine. But from my personal point of view, it’s just an advancement like any other throughout history, and I just don’t see the big deal anymore.

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  • king mah mah says:

    @MCM- I guess I can see what you’re trying to say, but over the counter supplements and PED’s are two different things. If there is some over the counter supplements that have substances that the commission has banned, then the fighters I’m sure are well aware of it.

    Steroids don’t just speed up the bodies natural processes. Depending on what you’re taking they can take your body to limits that are otherwise unachievable. That’s why they ban certain things. They aren’t doing it just to mess with some of the fighters. They are trying to create as level of a playing field as they can.

    Whether the steroids give anybody an advantage or not, at the very least some people are deliberately breaking the rules. Last time I checked with my boss, that was grounds for termination.

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  • fitfreak says:

    “Depending on what you’re taking they can take your body to limits that are otherwise unachievable”

    Exactly. Just look at the huge pro bodybuilders. That’s an extreme example, but no one could ever look like that without some chemical help.

    MCM:
    There are different types of stroids. I doubt your son was prescribed ANABOLIC ANDROGENIC steroids (AAS).

    What’s the difference between taking roids or supplements? As long as the supplement doesn’t sneak in an AAS, plenty. There aren’t any natural supplements that come close to the anabolic properties of a true AAS.

    Hendo, Marquardt, Chael, and probably a ton more are all allowed to use steroids, why is it OK for them and not everybody? They take the AAS Testosterone (T), and can only take enough to keep within “natural levels”. It doesn’t take much T supplementation to go above natural levels. This, of course, could easily be abused.

    It’s just an advancement like any other throughout history, and I just don’t see the big deal anymore. The problem you run into, is that not all fighters would be willing to risk their health. So the only way to create a “level” playing field is to ban these substances from sports. The only sports that I can think of that allow AAS use is powerlifting and bodybuilding. They have natural powerlifting and bodybuilding, but those guys can’t come close to competing with the AAS users.

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  • LiverPunch says:

    I would like to see it allowed just so it wasnt an issue but its too dangerous I think. I do think if we knew the true extent of drug abuse we would be blown away though. Its tricky too tricky and there is no answer.

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  • MickeyC says:

    I call BULLSHIT. He did not know? And Clinton did not have sexual relations! He works out of a respectable camp. I find it hard to believe they do not have an in house nutrianist or a person to recomend/monitor what the higher up fighters are using. If they don’t they should.

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