It looks like Cris Cyborg won’t be the only Strikeforce fighter serving a steroid suspension in 2012.
NSAC executive director Keith Kizer notified the media today that Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal tested positive for Drostanolone at Strikeforce “Rockhold vs. Jardine” earlier this month. Drostanolone is the same anabolic steroid that Hermes Franca, Dennis Hallman and Josh Barnett tested positive for in the past.
King Mo has yet to issue a full statement on the news, however he did deny using any performance-enhancing drugs when speaking to MMA Junkie. As punishment, he is facing a one-year suspension and a fine unless he successfully appeals the positive test. His win over Lorenz Larkin at Strikeforce “Rockhold vs. Jardine” will also be changed to a no-contest. It’s unclear if King Mo plans to file an appeal.
On a semi-related note, it seems Cris Cyborg has had a change of heart regarding an appeal of her steroid suspension. In the statement she issued after the news broke, Cyborg denied that she knowingly put a banned substance in her body, but said she “must accept responsibility for her actions,” implying that she would accept the suspension and fine handed down to her from the CSAC. Well, according to Cyborg’s manager, they’ve since decided to file an appeal.
Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos has begun the process to appeal a one-year suspension handed down by the California State Athletic Commission on Jan. 6 for alleged steroid use, her personal manager confirmed to SI.com.
Santos’ manager, who asked not to be identified by name, said a response letter was mailed to the CSAC on Monday requesting a hearing in front of the seven-member commission.
CSAC Executive Officer George Dodd said Santos’ appeal would likely be heard at an April 6 meeting with the venue to be determined.
Other fighters such as Sean Sherk have used the tainted supplement defense with the CSAC before. Sherk didn’t win his appeal, but the CSAC did reduce his 12-month suspension to six months.
Whenever Cyborg does return, it looks like Ronda Rousey will be at the top of her hit list. Rousey has been taking shots at her ever since the news broke and in response, Cyborg recently tweeted a pic of Gina Carano’s busted up face with the message “Ronda!!! No mercy!!!” Rousey eloquently responded with the following:
Update: ESPN has the first comments from King Mo regarding his positive test.
“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.”
Update: Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker issued the following statement on King Mo’s positive test.
“STRIKEFORCE has a strict, consistent policy against the use of any performance-enhancing drugs, including the requirement that all incoming athletes be tested and cleared for PEDs. Therefore, we fully support the drug testing efforts of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, and we will fully cooperate with the Commission regarding the matter pertaining to Mr. Lawal’s test. We also recognize that Mr. Lawal has administrative process rights under Nevada law, and we hope that he is not prejudged before exercising such rights.”