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"King" Muhammed Lawal has had a rough go of it lately. First came word that he failed a drug test after beating Lorenz Larkin in his last Strikeforce event, then Mo went through a major health scare. Still dealing with the aftereffects of the staph infection that left him weakened and forced to deal with multiple medical procedures, Mo went to his Nevada State Athletic Commission hearing and picked up a nine month suspension. Following the suspension, Mo went on Twitter and called one of the commission representatives a "racist bitch" for asking if he read and understood English after it was established that he just signed his forms (which did not list the supplement Mo's camp claim caused him to fail his drug test) after his manager filled them out.
Following that whole situation, Zuffa released Mo from his contract. At the time my theory was that they'd allow him to serve his suspension and then re-sign him. But now it looks like Bellator will be the light heavyweight's home and he'll add a pro-wrestling career to the mix also. Via Sherdog:
Sherdog.com confirmed with sources close to the situation on Wednesday that "King Mo" is expected to sign with both Total Nonstop Action Wrestling and the Bellator Fighting Championships in the near future. According to Sherdog's sources, the former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion will likely perform simultaneously for the professional wrestling organization and the Chicago-based MMA promoter. Details surrounding the deals were not revealed.
Of course, Mo is going to have to finish recovering from his health situation before he can fight or wrestle. Once he recovers and his suspension is up, he'll still have to get re-licensed. Given that he did issue an apology for the "racist bitch" comment and was up front about the situation during his hearing, there's no reason he won't be granted his license without much trouble.
Every time I've ever tried to watch TNA Impact Wrestling I've found it flat out horrible. Between the awful crowd and the terrible storylines, it's just awful. At the same time, Mo could make some decent money between the two careers, so best of luck to him with his future.
It's just a little unfortunate that we won't get to see him tested very much in professional MMA with as bad as the Bellator light heavyweight division is.