With Strikeforce still reeling from the steroid-based suspension of ferocious featherweight champion Cristiane Santos it looks like the organization is not out of the woods yet, as the NSAC has confirmed former light heavyweight title-holder Muhammed Lawal tested positive for PED use as well and will probably be sidelined for the rest of 2012 as a result.
According to a statement from NSAC chief executive Keith Kizer, an anabolic steroid called Drostanolone was found in Lawal’s system. While no official sentence has been issued yet, and “King Mo” reserves the right to appeal, it is likely he will be suspended for 9-12 months, fined up to 50% of his purse, and have his win over Lorenz Larkin changed to a “No Contest”.
Lawal’s performance against Larkin at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine could very well be his final appearance under the organization’s banner based on the positive drug test, as he is not only a free agent in February but the company is limping towards 2013 when its deal with broadcaster Showtime runs out.
The outspoken 32-year old Lawal has not commented on the commission’s findings. No word has surfaced from Zuffa executives either, though it’s likely all will have something to say as the story continues to develop.
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