Few fighters have ever had a stretch as rough as light heavyweight Muhammed Lawal over the past two months. Not only has “King Mo” been dealing with a recurring staph infection in one of his recently repaired knees nearly costing him life and limb, literally, but the former Strikeforce champion was fined $39,000 and suspended for nine months as the result of a failed drug test in January.
If things weren’t bad enough, Lawal now finds himself without a professional home after calling a Nevada State Athletic Commission official a “racist bitch” on Twitter based on his displeasure with remarks made during his recent hearing. The error in judgement on such a public level was followed by his prompt release from Zuffa-owned Strikeforce.
Lawal’s statements stemmed from the official questioning his ability to read/speak English properly. While condescending in tone, the assessment came while discussing Lawal’s failure to disclose his health issues on a NSAC questionnaire prior to fighting Lorenz Larkin earlier this year.
The 31-year old’s free agent status was confirmed by MMAJunkie as well as by Lawal who, in an interview with Bloody Elbow, stated, “Zuffa made a decision just off what was said on Twitter. I don’t know if they care what happened. I’m pretty sure they didn’t hear any of the audio. They just made a decision off what went down on Twitter. I’m pretty sure (NSAC Executive) Keith Kizer and certain people at the commission are mad and I didn’t mean any disrespect to Keith or the rest of the people in the commission. I just felt disrespected by that one person that asked if I could speak or read English. To me, that was a blatant insult.”
Up next for Lawal is a continued recovery process after losing thirty pounds from his bout with staph with an inability to fight until at least September based on his suspension. Landing spots for Lawal once he is eligible to compete again include ONE FC, SFL, Bellator, or, as has been the case in similar situations, it always remains possible Zuffa could come calling if he apologizes properly.
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