Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal has had a very trying year. Along with testing positive for a banned substance, Lawal has been forced to battle a deadly Staph infection that nearly took his life.

Lawal, a former wrestling standout and ex-Strikeforce light heavyweight champion, talked with Ben Fowlkes of Sports Illustrated recently, where he discussed the infection – and just how close he was to giving up.

I had this moment where I was like, man, I can see my hip bone. I was ripped still. I had an eight-pack. But there’s my hip bone. I looked at my leg, and it looked like those zombies from ‘The Walking Dead.’ That’s how it looks right now. I’m getting to where I can kind of strengthen it, doing leg lifts and stuff. But I looked in the mirror and was like, man, look at me. I didn’t know it was that bad until then. I got to the point where I was like, (expletive) it. I just felt like, hey, I’m going to quit taking this medicine and if I die then I die. I’m tired of this stuff.

Lawal went on to talk about looking death in the face and surviving. Now, he plans on taking back his career and his life after battling through his illness.

It remains to be seen what happens with Lawal in terms of a possible suspension for his positive test, but after dealing with something as serious as this infection, nothing else could be as bad.

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