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King Mo had a bad day yesterday

It hasn’t been a great year for King Mo, and yesterday things got much worse for the Strikeforce fighter. Er, I mean FORMER Strikeforce fighter. UFC president Dana White put everyone on notice back in January that he was sick of fighters protesting their innocence at commission hearings:

“I don’t buy that s—. Own up to what you did. Everybody makes mistakes.”

White went on to say that Lawal or any fighter who tests positive for a performance-enhancing drug and fails to admit the error of his ways risks never again fighting in a Zuffa-promoted event.

So what does the future hold for Lawal or former Strikeforce women’s featherweight titleholder Cristaine Santos, who also recently tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug earlier this month?

“I don’t know,” White said. “It depends on how they handle themselves. We will see.”

Yesterday was Mo’s hearing in front of the NSAC. So how did Lawal handle himself? Well, not so great. He stuck to his story that a supplement he was taking caused the positive test but still got hit with the full 9-month suspension and 39k fine. When asked what he thought of that, he said:

“I don’t think anybody gets a fair shake when it comes to anything in Vegas,”


“They come out hard on everybody,” Lawal told MMA Fighting moments after the hearing concluded. “Pretty much, when you come to [an NSAC hearing], you’re going to lose. That’s how I see it.”

“The whole cheating [accusation], their attitude about that, that’s what got me,” Lawal said. “I feel like I just wasted my time there, to be honest with you.”

Afterwards on twitter he took the criticism to another level:

I shoulda stayed home! Lol. NSAC had they mind made up b4 we got there! Lol. All the research we did and disclosed to em! They ignored! LOL. I honestly feel like Lundvall was a racist bitch asking me if I can read or speak english. Go on somewhere with that bullshit bitch!!! That one commissioner was bogus. The rest were coo and they were white and latino.

You can hear the ‘You understand English? Can you read English?’ exchange Mo is referring to at 6:45 in the above video. While Lundvall is certainly being a bitch right there, it sounds more like standard run of the mill bitchiness than the racism-induced variety. Even if it did wiggle the racist-o-meter, it still wasn’t wise of Mo to call a female commission member a bitch on twitter. Especially on the same day the NSAC showed up at a UFC press conference and randomly drug tested everyone there.

Soon afterwards Mo was fired. No specific word from the UFC as to why, but it probably has something to do with the bitch thing at the steroids hearing. That’s what the timing implies. Just my guess.

This sets up an interesting situation for next week where another Strikeforce fighter, Cris Cyborg, will be headed in front of a commission to try and explain away her positive drug test. After seeing how Mo’s situation turned out, she might want to consider just shutting up and taking the suspension on the chin.

  • Giallo

    Mousasi beat the shit out of him from the bottom. And that bitch was racist asking that question.

  • Reverend Clint

    king schmo sucks but that question was pretty stupid. granted he does look illiterate

  • Blackula Jonez

    The can you speak english part makes me lol. When was the last time anybody was asked if they could speak english at one of these NSAC meetings.

    Nowadays it seems that it would be easier to find a ghost or bigfoot than an actual racist. If a person isn’t a klan member and doesn’t have a nazi/SS/swastika tattoo that surely means they love all races of human right?

    That being said this guys name is Mohammed Lawal, he’s kinda asking to be questioned about his native tounge with a name like that.

    Most government appointed officials whose job consist of being the final arbitter of whether a person works or not usually ends up with them being a bit of a dick? With that much power being weilded day in an out how could anyone resist, the same rules apply to absolute and jurisdictional power at the end of the day.

  • CAP

    I wish I felt bad for him. Not really.

  • theinsaneoneJustinMcCully

    Ironic that a King would get talked down to

  • Letibleu

    Cap said a good one. Maybe the NSAC had just finished litening to James Toney talk for 30 minutes before hearing out King Mo.

  • iamphoenix

    If he was Sylvestor Stallone he would have flipped the bird and shot them all in their face from the future.

  • Jarman

    considering he’s been doing nothing but speak english, that question is either retarded, ridiculously snide and bitchy, or racist. that bit aside, I’m pretty sure it’s referencing the supplement. fuck no, i’m not watching the video, but I can gather from the case it’s: didn’t you read the label of what you bought? maybe ask the people behind the counter?

    completely valid questions….tough shit lawal. go fight toney or rampage after they tangle. all we need is one more controversial black guy with a big mouth, we could have tourney! any chance rashad’ll get fired?

  • Grappo

  • Letibleu

    spot on

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Here’s the thing with this whole situation:  He’s one of the few WORLD CLASS wrestlers actually in MMA along with Cain and Cormier, so he’s competed under at least USADA if not WADA testing guidelines before, and don’t they all have You are responsible for every single fucking thing you put in your body policy?  Now that’s he’s gone pro he used a supplement for which he claims he couldn’t find ingredients?  Why not use something else?  Where’s that World Class experience and keen eye for the “Game?”  Of course, we didn’t believe when Sean Sherk said it either – another guy who took really good care of his body.  World Class care of his body.


    He’s openly stated how little he thinks of MMA fans, so he just spewed some shit he thought we were dumb enough to believe.

  • glassjawsh

    hopefully this sets up a fight with rampage

    you know you’d all watch

  • Jarman

    I’d watch…..but would I pay to watch? fuck no.

  • Nachtfalter

     The way I read it…   Mo took a supplement that probably had a warning of the “might make you test positive for steroids” variety on it.  He failed to mention said supplement on a  NSAC form that apparently reads something like “list ALL the supplements you took before this fight. that’s right, ALL of them”

    That’s two epic fails in terms of reading, so the question if he can read is entirely valid. Although a “are you a deluded, egotistical, braindead moron?” would have been even more valid.

    I would have liked to see Mo in the UFC  (and I hope we still will someday), but idiocy has consequences.  More so than skin pigmentation.          

  • Blackula Jonez

    If that is the case the question should have been “Can you READ English” there are plenty of english speakers who are illeterate towards the written english language.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    there are plenty of english speakers who are illeterate towards the written english language.

  • G Funk

    It’s because he’s black. It always is.

  • Cristianou

    You seem like a pretty nice guy but you are salddy ill informed, by the likes of Josh Gross and Dodd and Kizer.For one thing Sonnen levels of testosterone were never elevated.he served 6 month s for failure to disclose timely. He did not lie about being cleared for T. in nevada. He said his manager (Matt Lindland) informed him he was cleared in Nevada. I don t know who dropped the ball, but Lindland informed Kizer and sent an affidavid to California stating he in fact told Sonnen he was cleared in 2008. There is a mob mentality playing out here, people like you need to get the real facts and report them with no prejudice. This is how we hung witches in Salem!

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