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)
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