Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal Suspended for 9 Months and Fined $39,000 (Video)

Former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion, Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal appeared in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission today for his positive steroid test stemming from his January 7th bout against Lorenz Larkin. The commission voted unanimously to take Lawal’s win bonus from the fight, which was $15,000, and also fine him 30-percent of his fight purse, which equals out to $24,000. The total fines assessed against Lawal equaled $39,000 of the $95,000 he originally made. In addition, Lawal will be suspended for nine months starting retroactively from the date of the fight, which was January 7th, 2012.

Lawal, who was in attendance at the hearing, said:

“I appreciate you letting me come and tell my side of the story, and whatever punishment you all took for me, I’m a man, and I’ll take it like a man.”

Commissioner, Skip Avansino, offered some encouragement, saying:

“Mr. Lawal, I’m sorry for our judgment and I think you understand how we got there. We have not distinguished your situation from others that have had similar violations of ingesting nandrolone, and many from stores similar to where you bought this. Unfortunately, a number of these items that we buy, all of us at these nutritional stores, have inappropriate banned substances in them. I don’t know how to prevent it except to suggest to all to study carefully what you take before you take it. I’m sorry that we’ve had to give you this judgment today, we think a lot of you, you’re a champion, we know we’ll see you again.”

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