Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal was cut from his Strikeforce contract, by parent company Zuffa, just hours after the Nevada State Athletic commission suspended him for nine months and fined him $39,000 for testing positive for the anabolic steroid drostanolone following his Jan 7, 2012 TKO win over Lorenz Larkin.
Lawal was cut for his comments on Twitter in which he called Nevada State Athletic Commissioner (NSAC) Pat Lundvall a “racist bitch.” King Mo’s actual tweet (that has since been deleted) read: “I honestly feel like Lundvall was a racist bitch asking me if I can read or speak English,” Lawal responded on Twitter. “Go on somewhere with that [expletive]!!!”
During the hearing (audio below), Lundvall asked Lawal if he could “understand” and “read English” since he had failed to answer questions on his pre-fight questionnaire. This prompted Lawal to take to Twitter to vent his frustrations. King Mo later tried to explain his comments on Twitter: “Its funny how people are tryna say that I’m callin the commission racist. No!! They aren’t. But there was one person on the panel that was out of line with the question she asked me. I found it insulting, prejudice, and a lil racist. I say racist from my past experiences, I have been asked that in the past as an insult.”
UFC President Dana White confirmed with MMA Junkie that King Mo was cut from his contract, but did not offer further comment. Strikeforce president, Scott Coker, sent an e-mail to MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani that read: “Following the outcome of today’s hearing with the Nevada State Athletic Commission and his subsequent reaction, STRIKEFORCE has released Muhammad Lawal from his contract.”
The suspension is retroactive to the date of “Strikeforce’s Rockhold vs Jardine” event, meaning King Mo can re-apply to be licensed as early as September 2012. To be eligible to receive a license from the NSAC, he would have to test clean in his next drug test.