Former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal (Pictured) stood before the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Tuesday to accept his penalty after testing positive for the steroid drostanolone.
“Whatever punishment you give me, I’ll take it like a man,” Lawal stated.
The 31-year-old ended up leaving Las Vegas with a $39,000 fine, nine-month suspension and having his knockout victory over Lorenz Larkin overturned to a no contest.
Lawal initially pocketed $95,000 for his performance this past January. That paycheck included a $15,000 win bonus. Today, Lawal was forced to surrender his win bonus and 30 percent of his $80k ‘show purse.’
Lawal faced Larkin on January 7th inside The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. His suspension is retroactive to the fight date, so Lawal is eligible to return to action as early as September 7th, 2012.
The talkative wrestler has vehemently denied that he knowingly took any illegal substances for the contest. Lawal believes an over-the-counter supplement he consumed caused him to produce the positive exam.