King Mo Lawal Released from Strikeforce

March 27, 2012
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Muhammed King Mo Lawal - Strikeforce
Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal‘s day on Tuesday went from bad to worse after receiving his punishment from the Nevada Athletic Commission as he was then released from his Strikeforce contract.

Lawal confirmed the news to MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday. The release was originally reported by MMAJunkie.com.

The details surrounding his release involve a series of Twitter messages that Lawal put out after his hearing with the Nevada Commission this afternoon.

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker made a statement regarding the release of King Mo Lawal after today’s events.

“Following the outcome of today’s hearing with the Nevada State Athletic Commission and his subsequent reaction, Strikeforce has released Muhammed Lawal from his contract,” said Coker in the statement.

While the messages have since been deleted, Lawal was referencing a line of questioning from Commissioner Pat Lundvall during Tuesday’s hearing.

“I honestly feel like Lundvall was a racist (expletive) asking me if I can read or speak English. Go on somewhere with that bull (expletive),” Lawal wrote.

Following that message, Lawal released another explaining his earlier statement directed at Lundvall.

“It’s funny how people are trying to say that I’m calling the commission racist. No! They aren’t. But there was one person on the panel that was out of line with the question she asked me. I found it insulting, prejudice, and a lil’ racist. I say racist from past experiences,” Lawal stated.

It didn’t take long for the powers that be at Zuffa to take notice, and soon after Strikeforce matchmaker Sean Shelby notified Lawal’s manager Mike Kogan that he had been released from his contract.

The line of questioning that Lawal was referencing from Commissioner Pat Lundvall involved the supplements the former champion took that he believes caused a positive drug test following his bout with Lorenz Larkin in January.

Commissioner Lundvall was quizzing Lawal and his manager Mike Kogan on the drugs and supplements he was on, and a pre-fight questionnaire that was filled out regarding any medications the fighter was taking prior to his bout in Strikeforce earlier this year.

The audio of the Nevada Commission’s hearing with Lawal is available below:


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  • http://www.bloodyfists.net/forums/index.php SHORT_BUS

    Brutal

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000468891939 liemianbresenio

    Here we go with the race thing again. First it was “White people identify with white fighters.”, now a member of the commission is racist. What the hell makes Mo such an expert? He can read minds or something? Whatever, GTFO and go back to being a circus act overseas you midcarder.

    • Cptmats

      Midcarder ? Maybe you should go back to being a tennis fan ! Mo did nothing wrong here. I don’t much care for him but he is one of the top 6 or 7 lhw in the world. And what the **** ever happened to freedom of speech ?

      • adunners

        top 6 or 7… that is a joke right. That dude is top 20 at best being the latter half.

    • bigwurm

      I agree, he’s a mid card fighter who lost the first time he defended his belt. He has a big mouth and cant back it up. He want to be rampage but the diff is he sucks at fighting and his trash talking is lame too. see ya ma’am

  • KingSlaughter

    king mo is probably the best fighter in strikeforce right now and they cut him? smh

  • lonniebatt

    I sure hope that Moe learns something from this… He is on the frindges of Big time Professional MMA.. and that seems to be the statement Zuffa is trying to make… I think that they have always been in doubt with Moe’s outspoken attitude and professionalism,, and now this looks exactly like what their concerns were…. They are In the Midst of their Fox deal the last thing they need are Rasist issues with the commission and one of their employees…

  • XIRandomHeroIX

    So that guy was racist because you’re stupid? Grow up and take some responsiblity instead of acting like an ignorant stereotype

  • TKD

    I must be a racist too, because I think this ass wipe should be suspended for not reading what he ingested!

    • garyfredericks

      I totally agree…and we rarely agree on anything TKD! LOL

  • http://rty-publications.com fingerssfv

    Why would Coker or anyone for that matter fault Mo for getting pissed off by what the lady asked? That was condescending, demoralizing and plain discriminatory. Can he read English? Write English? Who the f**k is she? Talking to a man that way. Of course if any of these other readers were to be asked the same demeaning questions, it would be alright? Bologna!! It was wrong what she said. Period. I don’t care if she is white and he is not. He has his right to believe she is racist and discriminating. IMO: she was.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=588350402 jonathonwallace

    Can you read English, do you understand english?
    Why did she say that to him? That’s despicable.
    He’s university educated.

    • garyfredericks

      You’d never know he was university educated by the way he talks as if his lips and tongue were numb…or his ignorance of reading supplement labels! LOL

      Mo should carry himself as a man if he wants respect like a man.

  • fightfankevin

    The “english” comment was rude, condescending, and there really was no need to handle the situation that way. This abuse of power should not be tolerated. It would have been much easier to say you have many outlets to find out the information and it’s your fault you didnt. Having said that, Mo loses all credibility to me by throwing the race card. There’s a big difference between being a racist and a flat out jerk. It seems obvious to me the lady would speak to anyone that way because no one going before her can really do anything about it. Sorry Mo, not everything that happens in life is because you are black.

  • Madmaax9

    IMO, that question wasn’t rude at all. She tried asking him appropriately and it is obvious Mo was trying to give her the run around. He’s the idiot who’s not taking responsibility for his actions! When will these athletes come to the realization that ” I didn’t know what was in it” just won’t fly anymore. He might as well told her ” the dog ate my homework “. Grow up Mo