Mo Lawal responds to criticism after failing recent drug test

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.