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Muhammed Lawal punished for positive steroid test, released by Strikeforce

Former Strikeforce light heavyweight champ Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal had a rough Tuesday after first being handed his punishment by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for his positive steroid test following a win over Lorenz Larkin earlier this year and then being cut by Strikeforce based on some inflammatory follow-up comments the 31-year old made on Twitter regarding a NSAC official.

Along with having the victory changed to a No Contest, Lawal was dealt a nine-month suspension and fined 30 percent of his salary for competing and his entire win bonus of $15,000 for a grand total of thirty-nine grand.

Lawal tested positive for an over-the-counter supplement he purchased at a nutrition/fitness store. However, the NSAC did not feel like that was a good enough reason to let Lawal slide, informing him he needed to be more careful of what he puts in his body.

While the suspension will run out in September, it remains unknown when Lawal will be anywhere near healthy enough to return to training and active competition inside the cage. He was likely set to compete for the vacant divisional title prior to the situation, but that will not happen anytime soon, especially in light of his sudden release.

After one of the NSAC members asked him if he understood English after failing to disclose his full medical condition on a pre-fight questionnaire which prompted Lawal to call her a “racist bitch” on Twitter. Clearly the reaction struck a chord with his employers at Zuffa who severed professional ties with him shortly thereafter (as confirmed by MMAJunkie).

Currently, Lawal is battling his way back from a nasty staph infection nearly taking his leg and ultimately life. Lawal has been in and out of the hospital following knee surgery as a result and lost thirty pounds.

(Brendhan Conlan Contributed to This Report)

PHOTO CREDIT – STRIKEFORCE

19 COMMENTS
  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    He would have been better off getting involved with organised crime and money laundering.
    How many more will twitter claim?

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  • Rece Rock says:

    it’s not Twitter’s fault… it’s the dummy’s typing off the cuff that don’t take a second to think before sending… Fuck King Mo.

    I’m sure Mo got released for many reasons from the BS he did over a coarse of time…
    Let’s see..he said stupid shit about his promotion being a aids/cancer patient, he’s always putting down mma fans on the internet and in interviews, his manager came out last week and was tweeting about how Zuffa will cater to a guy like Rampage’s health needs but Mo is left hung out to dry for his med needs and bills, Mo takes a statement out of context from his hearing and goes on twitter calling an official from the commission a racist bitch…
    GOOD BYE MO, Go tell your stories walking.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Oh and the guy has been out on injuries and now a 9 month suspension for just about as long a period of time as he’s been in popular SF… not really a huge asset to a promotion if your on extended periods of injury or suspended no matter how popular you may be… fighting 1 time a year in your prime isn’t doing anything for anybody.

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  • Dufresne says:

    Shitty times for Mo. But if he had just kept his big mouth shut, he’d at least have his job.

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  • fitfreak says:

    Hey Mo, just because you’re black, and she’s white doesn’t make her racist. Maybe she’s just a bitch. Either way, calling her out on twitter wasn’t very bright of you.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    The majority of Mo’s comments make Rampage sound like a Rhodes scholar. It was a rude question but when someone doesn’t fill out clearly labelled forms then it’s a pretty fair question; either you’re illiterate or your didn’t fulfill your obligations for disclosure. When you claim to “tell it like it is” you all but forfeit your right to complain about phrasing.

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  • fitfreak says:

    Actually, this may not be a bad thing. Someone needs to set up Rampage vs. King Mo! The timing should work out for both of them.

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  • fitfreak says:

    Then the winner can fight Fedor in a HW match. :)

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  • Lord Faust says:

    In India.

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    Am I the only one who doesnt agree with this? So he failed a drug test- so have MANY UFC and other promotions fighters, and wow he said something dumb, just like Forrest about rape- Rashad Evans about child rape, so calling somebody a racisit just after getting a huge punishment isnt the worst thing he could have done. The guy is a talented fighter and I hope to see him get better and fight again.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    As companies try and leverage Twitter as free marketing, expect the punishments for outbursts on the service to increase in frequency.

    I don’t agree with canning Mo for the Twitter comments alone, but he’s been suspended for 9 months and has a history of presenting himself poorly. I am sure cutting King Mo had more to do with a history of bad behaviour; no one has specifically stated why he was let go.

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  • MCM says:

    SF released Overeem when he wouldn’t commit to a specific date for the GP. That was after 2 years of not fighting for the company cause he didn’t like their choice of opponents. So the UFC picked him up
    Mo gets fired for a twitter comment after what, two years of bad mouthing the company. See you in the UFC King Mo.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    The Lady asked him if he could read and write english because part of the testimony was that Mike Kogan filled out the forms incorrectly and King Mo simply signed them… as well as Mo testifying he did not know what he was ingesting was a PED/ Steriod/ banned substance… So asking some one whom obviously could have saved themselves a bit of trouble by READING what they were signing and READING about what they were ingesting if they can read & write is a question not only appropriate but a question a lawyer would even ask if this matter went to court or arbritation… FUCK YOU KING MO!

    Not to mention his parents are Nigerian immigrants… the guy’s first name is Muhammed …How would one know if English is his first or second language and just how well versed he would be in it? It may sound ignorant but if managment is filling out his documentation for him then it’s a good question.. It’s an athletic commision not mma fan club they don’t automatically know Mo’s entire life background and educational history…Hope he has to stand before that “racist bitch” again down the road, see how racist she really can be…

    When keeping it real goes wrong…

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    To add to Rece’s list of what he’s done wrong, lets add to it by mentioning that the first fight he ever had on tv, he poured rockstar energy drink over half of the mat.

    There’s always two sides to a story though, there’s going to be King Mo’s side, the NSAC woman’s side, then the truth. Maybe she didn’t mean it condescending and insulting, maybe she was just having a bad day, and probably had heard the same thing over and over again from fighters trying to get out of punishment.

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  • fitfreak says:

    She probably was being condescending, but that’s really beside the point. I’ve listened to a few commission meetings in my profession, and they can be condescending smart asses at times.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Fine… even if she is being condescending or out right rude if you don’t want to be in that scenario then don’t break the fucking rules.

    My boss doesn’t come over and help me take off my jacket when I’m fucking late to work he laces into me… when I park in a no parking spot the cop doesn’t come ask me for my keys to move my car for me to a legal spot I get a fucking ticket and when you break the rules of an athletic commision and waste every bodies time and tax payers $ nobody has to be fucking nice and sweet to you… gimme a break Mo talks shit about everything and everyone when he sees fit but he can’t take a lil attitude and insult when he’s brought this all upon himself… fuck him.

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  • Dufresne says:

    I’ve dealt with more than a few condescending superiors, but when your ass is on the line the best route is to suck it up and say “Yes Ma’am” or “Yes Sir”. Publicly criticizing a governing body will get you in hot water by itself in any major sport, but doing while you’re under investigation for illegal substances is just asking for it. Hell, the NBA just fined a guy $25,000 just for criticizing a ref. The last time it was done in the NFL it resulted in a $35,000 fine. It’s a stupid idea to go that route even when you’re playing clean, but doing it when you’re already under the microscope is monumentally dumb.
    Seriously Mo, you’ve got enough shit on your plate with your leg. Don’t go stirring up extra for no reason.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    The last word is rarely worth the price.

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  • king mah mah says:

    I’m glad he got fired! So goddamn tired of people playing the race card! Reminds me of a high profile case in the media right now………….don’t even get me started!

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