When former Strikeforce light heavyweight champ Muhammed Lawal faced off with the Nevada State Athletic Commission yesterday he had a pretty good idea he would be facing some form of punishment relating to having tested positive for steroid use after a January 7 fight against Lorenz Larkin. What he likely didn’t see coming was his newfound free agency resulting from his actions AFTER the proceeding.
Lawal was released by Strikeforce after labeling one of the NSAC commissioners as a “racist bitch” on Twitter after she’d questioned his ability to read/speak English during the meeting. Her comments were in fact based on Lawal neglecting to list a medical issue he was dealing with on a pre-fight form clearly requesting the information.
In terms of the status of his license as opposed to employment, Lawal was given a nine-month suspension and fined $39,000. The sum was comprised of a $15,000 win bonus and 30% of his $80,000 purse for showing. “King Mo” will be eligible to reapply in September though he may not be ready to fight by then based on lingering health issues relating to a serious staph infection.
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MMATraining Take: Lawal got what he deserved from the NSAC even if he has a semi-legit excuse, using a supplement pulled off the shelf long after he’d originally bought it. However, I can’t agree with Zuffa’s decision to cut him when Dana White says things equally as inappropriate on Twitter every single week. Also, why wasn’t he given an opportunity to apologize for his remarks before the axe came down?