Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal was shocked to find out from Fanhouse that he had been fined 10% of his $20,000 purse on Monday for his celebratory in-cage chugging of Rockstar energy drinks after overwhelming veteran Mike Whitehead over the weekend at Strikeforce’s Evolution event.
“Someone told me, ‘You got fined.’ I was like what? Fined by who?” Lawal said after being asked his opinions by Fanhouse on the CSAC decision.
There were speculations after the incident that the All-American wrestler pulled off the stunt in order to plug the energy drink company, who is a major Strikeforce sponsor, and that he also had plans to soil the mat for the following three fights. It had been previously reported that the incident was premeditated three weeks prior to the actual fight after Lawal had mentioned plans of the stunt, should he defeat Whitehead, during last week’s edition of The MMA Hour.
The flamboyant King Mo claims the allegations are ridiculous and that he was denied every chance of precaution to avoid any kind of mat spillage by officials from the very organization that had fined him.
“I didn’t know that you can’t jump on the cage anymore. I had no idea,” he said in reference to his attempt to drink the Rockstar on top of the cage. “I tried to, but they were like, ‘Get down! Get down!’ So I got down, and the guy beside me was like, ‘Calm down,’ and I was like, ‘Yeah, I am. I’m going to go to my corner real quick, I’m going to get some towels and do it over a towel.” He also responded to the sticky mat theory by explaining how a canvas with dried sugary liquid on it would have been an advantage for the fighters’ traction if anything.
Lawal went on to further refute the internet rumor that he was simply looking for camera time to promote Rockstar. He explained, “I’m not sponsored by Rockstar. The thing is; I couldn’t have any other beverage in the ring. If I could have, I would have had Pepsi. But Rockstar is cool, they are the sponsor for Strikeforce, I have a lot of respect for Strikeforce so I just did it. Why not? I was just out there having fun.”
All the fuss surrounding the incident does not seem to bother the undefeated fighter. He recently discussed the possibility of appealing the fine with his manager Dr. Ryan Parsons but regardless of the outcome, King Mo Lawal foresees plenty more future victory celebrations during his time with Strikeforce.