It appears disgraced featherweight champion Cristiane Santos has some company after former light heavyweight title-holder Muhammed Lawal was listed on a report from the Nevada State Athletic Commission as having tested positive for PED use in relation to a bout earlier this month against Lorenz Larkin. Lawal was shown to have used an anabolic steroid called Drostanolone.
Though the NSAC has not doled out an official punishment for the transgression, similar situations in the past have resulted in up to a year-long suspension as well as a fine in the range of 30-50%. It’s also likely Lawal’s win over Larkin will be changed to a “No Contest”. However, “King Mo” does reserve the right to appeal the commission’s findings.
The 9-1 Lawal stopped Larkin with strikes in the second round of their fight at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine to pick up his second straight win since dropping the title to Rafael Cavalcante in 2010.
Lawal has yet to issue a statement on the matter either explaining or refuting the NSAC’s report.
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MMATraining Take: Talk about a bummer! First of all, it’s inexcusable for any professional athlete – especially a fighter – to use steroids. Secondly, it’s a damn shame Lawal’s career will now be tainted moving forward after he appeared to have star-potential in the sport.