Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal had a very interesting day on Tuesday. The former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion stepped in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, was dealt a nine-month suspension and fined a large sum of money, and, eventually found out he had been released from Strikeforce by UFC president Dana White.
In between all that, Lawal went on an Twitter outburst that likely helped in forcing Zuffa’s hand in releasing the talented fighter from the company.
Following all of the exciting action, Lawal gave Stephie “Crooklyn” Daniels an exclusive interview where he talked about what went down with the NSAC and his eventual release from Strikeforce.
It is what it is. 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. 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. Zuffa made a decision just off what was said on Twitter. I don’t know if they care what happened. 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 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. To me, that was a blatant insult.
This story has plenty of feedback already circulating around the MMA internet community. Was Zuffa right in releasing Lawal? Was “King Mo” out of line for his Twitter rants? Everyone seems to be picking a side and sticking to it.
To hear Lawal’s NSAC hearing, follow this link courtesy of MMA Weekly. The official release information by the UFC can be viewed here, while Lawal’s manager, Mike Kogan, gives MMA Fighting an interview in regards to everything that went on here.
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