After Positive Steroid Test, NSAC Suspends “King Mo” Lawal For Nine Months
Former Champ’s Win Over Lorenz Larkin Overturned
By FCF Staff
Not only has Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal had a victory removed from his record, the renowned fighter will have to wait until at least October to try and regain it.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission announced today that as a result of Lawal failing a post fight drug test in January, the former Strikeforce champion has been suspended for nine months, fined 30% of his show purse and had his stoppage win over Lorenz Larkin overturned.
NSAC Executive Keith Kizer confirmed the agency’s decision with FCF today.
The 31 year-old-fighter is also required to return the $15,000 win bonus he received as a result of the January 7th bout, which took place on Strikeforce’s “Rockhold vs. Jardine” card.
Lawal, who tested positive for the steroid Drostanolone, has repeatedly claimed that he never knowingly took any banned substance, and that rather, the failed test was due to an over-the-counter supplement.
The accomplished wrestler has battled knee injuries in the past and underwent surgery once again earlier this year to fix a torn ACL.
After losing the Strikeforce light-heavyweight title to Rafael Cavalcante in August, 2010, Lawal did not compete again until last September, when he knocked out Roger Gracie in the first round.
Lawal worked his way to a unanimous decision over Gegard Mousasi in April, 2010, to become the Strikeforce champion in just his 7th pro bout.