Former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal received some very shocking new recently when a drug test sample came back positive for the banned substance Drostanolone. Lawal’s results were related to the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s procedures after defeating Lorenz Larkin at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine back on January 7. If Lawal fails in his attempt to appeal the match will be ruled a no-contest and he faces a potential one-year suspension and stiff fine.

With the victory over Larkin, it seemed “King Mo” was well on track to fight for the vacant Strikeforce 205 pound title in the near future. Now, all of that remains up in the air.

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

The drug in question, Drostanolone, is an anabolic steroid most commonly found in professional bodybuilding. Lawal added, “I’m not a cheater. I might cheat at video games, but I never cheat at fighting.”

Now the waiting game begins. Lawal’s camp has already started looking into combating the commission’s findings.


MMA Training Take: This is devastating news for both Lawal and Strikeforce, as “King Mo” was being looked at as a main component to the organization going forward. The odds of a successful appeal are slim-to-none, so it might be some time before we see Lawal back inside the cage.