Former Strikeforce Champ ‘King Mo’ Lawal tests positive for steroids

Former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Muhammad Lawal has tested positive for anabolic steroids (Drostanolone) following his Jan. 7, 2012, technical knockout (TKO) win over Lorenz Larkin at the Strikeforce: “Rockhold vs. Jardine” Showtime event at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) Executive Director Keith Kizer today alerted MMAmania to the results of Lawal’s drug test.

“King Mo” becomes the second high-profile Strikeforce fighter to test positive for steroids in recent weeks. Former women’s champion Cristiane Santos was popped for Stanozolol following her Dec. 17, 2011, win over Hiroko Yamanaka.

Drostanolone, also found in previous drug test results from Josh Barnett and Hermes Franca, is popular among athletes and competitive bodybuilders because its “anti-estrogenic properties make it a very effective cutting agent.”

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‘King Mo’ has since responded to the positive test. He denies cheating and vowed to get to the bottom of this.

“I’m very surprised about this. I am very careful about what I put into my body,” Lawal said Tuesday. “I’ve never tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug. I’ve gone through, and still welcome, Olympic-style testing.”

“I will do whatever is necessary to get to the bottom of this.”

“I’m not a cheater,” Lawal said. “I might cheat at video games, but I never cheat at fighting.”

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