It appears the door is not completely closed on former Strikeforce light heavyweight champ Muhammed Lawal competing for Zuffa again. Lawal was recently suspended and released in the past few weeks. Initially he was dealt a nine-month suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for failing a post-fight drug test. After the hearing, Lawal went off on Twitter against NSAC official Pat Lundvall, calling her a “racist bitch” after she’d questioned his ability to comprehend English.
UFC President Dana White quickly cut Lawal from his contract after the remarks, but it appears the emotional executive has already envisioned the possibility of “King Mo” rejoining the organization.
“We’ll see how this whole thing goes down,” said White in an interview with MMAJunkie. “The fact that he called her and reached out to her, I mean, that’s what he should have done. It’s respectable. I respect that.”
The 8-1 Lawal’s personality and aggressive style of grappling made him a quick fan-favorite, positioning him among the group of fighters at the head of the Strikeforce pack. He will be eligible for reinstatement in September but is currently recovering from a serious staph infection with the process possibly keeping him out beyond the fall.
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