King Mo Lawal Drug Test Positive for Steroids, Denies Taking Anything

January 17, 2012
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King Mo Lawal at StrikeforcePopular Strikeforce fighter Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal has tested positive for an anabolic steroid, Keith Kizer, Executive Director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, informed on Tuesday.

Lawal recently defeated rising light heavyweight talent Lorenz Larkin at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine on Jan. 7 in Las Vegas.

While numerous other athletes on the fight card were tested and came up clean, Lawal tested positive. The following athletes were tested:  Luke Rockhold, Keith Jardine, Robbie Lawler, Muhammed Lawal, Tyron Woodley, Tarec Saffiedine, Tyler Stinson, Nah-Shon Burrell, James Terry, Gian Villante, Trevor Smith, Ricky Legere, Chris Spang, Estevan Payan and Alonzo Martinez.

“All athletes tested negative for prohibited substances, except Mr. Lawal who tested positive for Drostanolone,” wrote Kizer in an email.

Lawal, when contacted by denied having knowingly taken a steroid. “I never took nothing,” he said. “Drostanolone, I don’t even know what that is!”

No disciplinary sanctions have yet been applied to Lawal, but Kizer told, “The matter has been referred to the Attorney General’s office for issuance of a complaint for disciplinary action.”

Kizer stressed that each case is handled on its own merits, but that “9 to 12 months has been the most common suspension in the past, along with a major fine” typically equating to 30 to 50 percent of the fighter’s purse.

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  • shereko

    Well that should help him with breast cancer treatment too… but, good that he can cut weight and not lose strength with it. I’d stick more then with Stanozolol if you’re going to get caught, the half life of Drostanolone is 2-3 days, not sure how you couldn’t know and get caught on it.

  • Not a good start to 2012 for the Blackzilians

    Drostanolone can be used as a diuretic, he probably used it (or something that had it as an ingredient) when he was cutting weight.

  • Rampage is probably laughing his ass off right now.

    • shereko

      haha thats for sure.

  • Iamrozylo

    Fighters are so caught up in cutting up in weight, it interferes with training, and makes substances far too enticing. I like the fight docs answer for this on mmajunkie today…

    • That “fight doc” guy is an ass clown.

      Heard he’s a foot doctor…

      • shereko

        Good thing he isn’t a Proctologist than… haha

  • RubeKegal

    Is Lawal the only MMA fighter whose last name is a palindrome? Btw palindrome means its spelled the same backwards as it is forwards.

  • rsnowbass


    Looks like “King” Mo is more B-team these days.

    Yap yap yap yap is all that guy does.

  • spydermonkey

    So who’s on the B team now?

  • ChiTown420

    Of course he denies is whats he supposed to say..”ya i took da roids” Dudes always been a b-team fighter just was tryin to get on the a-team i pity da fool!!!!! Rampage your thoughts?????

  • jdotpitts

    It seems fishy. A guy who has been a wrestler all of his life can’t lose 10-15 lbs.? What sense does that make? Even further, to use a steroid against Lorenz Larkin which was essentially what wrestling fans refer to as a jobber match? Come on…

  • MikeMc1983

    Rampage will probably flip it:
    “what do you expect. If he’s comin after me he needs the help. He’s going to need more then those pills though. Like maybe a telephone booth, and a cape.”~~~~~~. My guess on rampages take if he offers one up…

  • MikeMc1983

    Or if the fight between rampage, and mo was ever made he might say…..
    “I don’t care what he takes. But he better do something. He needs all the help he can get. I don’t care if he comes in with two handfuls of pills, and a dozen needles in his ass. I still knock him out….
    It might hurt though if he lands on those needles when he goes down…”

    Sorry, I got into a silly smack talk mood. 😉

    • tngu123

      LOL HAHAHAHAHA i couldn’t stop laughing & imagining Rampage saying that

  • Mo looked bigger than ever in this fight. His back was jacked more than usual. I thought something looked strange.

  • pauly12

    I think I heard you can test positive from this stuff if you sit on the wrong toilet seat. That’s probably what happened.

    • rsnowbass

      Now that’s a funny joke right there…
      That’s the one that had me laughing out loud

  • b-soc

    For once, I agree with short bus!! LOL!!!

  • DrkDisciple

    Even on roids dont think he could handle rampage.

  • Let’s see if the UFC can clean up Strikeforce. So far, there have been two fighters this year, alone, exposed for using steroids and both are on Strikeforce contracts. That does not look good for Strikeforce or Showtime, for dealing with them.

  • KBEsq

    EVERYONE, EVERYONE! Did you read the story!? He doesn’t even know what Drostanolone is!

    Therefore, he absolutely, unequivocally did not take it!

    What an effing lying douche.