'King Mo' Lawal Suspended Nine Months, Fined $39,000 For Failed Drug Test

Strikeforce fighter Muhammed Lawal has just recently pulled through a very scary moment in his life, having a serious issue with staph infection that had him fighting for his life. While on the road to recovery from that scare, he is still dealing with the fallout from a positive drug test after defeating Lorenz Larkin in his most recent Strikeforce bout.

Today the judgement came down and it's pretty harsh. Josh Gross tweeted out the damage:

Don't get popped for banned substances in Nevada. Mo Lawal's punishment: $39,000 fine, 9 month suspension, win vs. Larkin changed to NC.
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Stephie "Crooklyn" Daniels talked to Mo about his health and commission issues in a recent interview for Bloody Elbow.

Here's the commission stuff from the interview:

SD: Can you give an update on your athletic commission hearing?

ML: Yep. March 27 is commission time. I'll be there. I'll be speaking. I'll have all my evidence together. I really can't speak out on anything just yet, but I think that everything will come out good.

SD: If everything pans out the way you want it to, with the commission, how long would it be before you're able to get back to action, considering your recent health concerns?

ML: Once the infection is gone, I would have to stay on rehab a little bit longer, and then be cleared to start training. I'm hoping I'll be able to fight by Fall. I'd say about four months before I could really start training hard, and six months before I could fight.

So seeing as how Mo wasn't going to fight again, that's hardly a major hit.

But Mo had a lot of medical bills due to the recent health concerns and losing almost $40,000 (he made $95,000 including his win bonus) is nothing to sneeze at. But, it's important to remember that the athletic commission is supposed to carry out their punishment the same for everyone, they can't take it easy on him because he got ill after the fact.

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