Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal Responds to Strikeforce Release

Written by Tom Ngo
March 28th, 2012

Strikeforce King Mo Muhammed Lawal

As it turns out, Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal (Pictured) was in fact released from Strikeforce not because of his nine-month steroid suspension, but for berating a Nevada State Athletic Commission member on his Twitter account shortly after his punishment was rendered.

“Of course I want to fight for Strikeforce and fight for Zuffa, but if they want to cut me for what I said, then I can’t take it back because it already happened,” Lawal told BloodyElbow. “I have never been asked in such a condescending way if I could read or speak English like that. I did something wrong, so I can’t really say I’m being treated unfairly. I don’t know if it was excessive to cut me.”

During Tuesday’s hearing, the former Stikeforce light heavyweight champ was probed about the answers he provided in his pre-fight medical form for his January 7th bout against Lorenz Larkin. That’s when board member Pat Lundvall asked the Tennessee-native if he was able to read and understand the English language.

Although Lawal politely answered in the affirmative, the 31-year-old felt degraded by her questions. Lundvall is Caucasian.

“Right now, I just want people to understand that I went in there respectfully and that I’m not playing the race card. I’m too old to play the race card,” Lawal expressed. “[But] the woman’s comments reminded me of times when I experienced racial insensitivity from other people.

“To me, that was a blatant insult. Just listen to the audio. You’ll see.”

Just hours after the NSAC levied their verdict, which also included a $39,000 fine and having his victory overturned to a no contest, UFC president Dana White issued Lawal his walking papers.

“Zuffa made a decision just off what was said on Twitter. I don’t know if they care about what happened,” Lawal stated. “I’m pretty sure they didn’t hear any of the audio. They just made a decision off what went down on Twitter.

“I’m pretty sure [NSAC executive director] Keith Kizer and certain people at the commission are mad and I didn’t mean any disrespect to Keith or the rest of the people in the commission. I just felt disrespected by that one person that asked if I could speak or read English.”

“King Mo” now finds himself in the unemployment line. However, he shouldn’t have too much trouble finding a home after his ban expires in October.

Here is the audio from yesterday’s hearing (The segment Lawal is irked about begins around the 6:40 mark):

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