Mo Lawal responds to criticism after failing recent drug test

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The MMA community found itself in a state of collective shock yesterday when the Nevada State Athletic Commission revealed former Strikeforce light heavyweight champ Muhammed Lawal had tested positive for steroids after his January 7 fight against Lorenz Larkin at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine. And, as it turns out, “King Mo” was also apparently among the group whose jaw dropped at the news.

Lawal addressed the situation in a conversation with ESPN where he never actually denied using PEDs but relayed his intention to investigate the issue further to figure out what happened.

“I’m very surprised about this,” said Lawal. “I am very careful about what I put into my body. I’ve never tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug. I’ve gone through, and still welcome, Olympic-style testing.”

“I will do whatever is necessary to get to the bottom of this,” Lawal continued. “I’m not a cheater. I might cheat at video games, but I never cheat at fighting.”

Though no official sentence has come down from the NSAC it’s likely Lawal will have to serve some sort of suspension and be fined a percentage of his winnings from the match-up in question unless his forthcoming appeal holds up.

PHOTO CREDIT – STRIKEFORCE


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