Today, the Nevada State Athletic Commission unanimously decided to suspend Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal for nine months and fine him a portion of his fight bonus for his positive drug test from Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine.
Lawal tested positive for the anabolic steroid drostanalone following his TKO win over Lorenz Larkin. The 31-year-old fighter was fined thirty percent of his $80,000 base pay from the event and was forced to hand over his $15,000 win bonus as well. The nine-month suspension is retroactive beginning at the day of the fight, January 7.
The TKO win over Larkin is now officially listed as a no contest.
Lawal has been up front about the outcome of the test since it was revealed, but sticks to his guns that the positive result was from an over-the-counter supplement, S-Mass Lean Gainer, which he purchased in 2010 and was unaware contained a banned substance.
The punishment from the NSAC adds to Lawal’s recent rough patch, with the standout wrestler having been battling life-threatening staph since shortly after the fight.