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And Now He’s Fired: King Mo Released From Strikeforce Following Twitter Rant


(Now Mo, you’re going to have to be more original than that if you expect to get paid on the streets.) 

Quinton Jackson must be seething with rage right now. As you may recall, following his January 7th second round TKO victory over Lorenz Larkin at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine, Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal tested positive for Drostanolone. Shortly thereafter, Mo acquired a particularly brutal case of staph infection that nearly took his life, but the bad news wasn’t over yet.

King Mo appeared before the Nevada State Athletic Commission yesterday to receive his punishment, which was rather standard — a 9 month suspension, a 30% fine of his $80,000 purse, the surrendering of his win bonus, and his bout with Larkin being overturned to a no-contest. However, things took a weird turn after chairperson Pat Lundvall, when referring to the information Lawal knowingly falsified on his pre-fight medical documents, called into question that of Lawal’s ability to read and understand English. Needless to say, Mo was rather insulted by such an accusation, and took to Twitter, where he promptly screwed himself royally.

But first, let’s take a step back for a moment. Here is what King Mo had to say moments after receiving his sentence from the NSAC.

Sounds pretty level headed right? Mo clearly understood that he broke the rules, before promising to make it up to his fans. Sure, he also stated that he didn’t feel he was a cheater for using steroids, but for the sake of argument, we’re going to let that one slide for the time being.

But leave it to the Internet, a place so filled with hate and conflict that it would make Israel blush with envy, to bring out the worst in people. Mere hours later, Mo tweeted:

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.

Now, where one would be understandably upset when their literacy is made a mockery of, it was perhaps not the best move to respond by calling a member of an overseeing body a “bitch” on a public forum. Then again, King Mo has never been one to think things out before acting upon them. Though Lawal deleted the tweet moments later, it was already too late to mend the wounds, as he was released from his Strikeforce contract earlier this morning.

A bit of a double standard considering Rampage Jackson’s recent remarks made via the same social networking outlet? Maybe, but when interviewed by BloodyElbow following the announcement, Lawal was surprisingly calm, stating:

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.

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. I’m established on the West Coast now and since I’ve been out here, I haven’t experienced much racism. I’ve experienced some stereotypes and small prejudices here and there, but other than that, no, I haven’t experienced too much, compared to when I was in the South. The woman’s comments reminded me of times when I experienced racial insensitivity from other people.

Zuffa made a decision just off what was said on Twitter. I don’t know if they care about 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. 

You can listen to Mo’s hearing with the NSAC here, with the “racist” remark coming somewhere around the 6:45 mark.

So what say you, Potato Nation? Was Mo’s Twitter tirade the final straw, or was his firing a rather hypocritical move by the Zuffa brass? Then again, if Lawal makes a couple donations and sincerely apologizes, we imagine we’ll be seeing him under the Strikeforce banner in the near future.

-J. Jones

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linzhanal- March 29, 2012 at 10:35 am
http://tinyurl.com/goodb4biz
omunto- March 28, 2012 at 6:54 pm
She's not racist, she's just a cunt.
CageTomato- March 28, 2012 at 4:31 pm
Another case of: When keeping it real goes wrong
ZombieRock- March 28, 2012 at 3:36 pm
Burger King? Really? More like "see you in One FC Mo."
ytrebil- March 28, 2012 at 1:44 pm
Harsh cut IMO as he's a great talent but he seems a little stupid. "I’m not playing the race card" errr well you did mate!! He seems like a cool enough guy, hope he gets back into the top flights.
IronClad- March 28, 2012 at 1:20 pm
Mo? Much mo. J/k, he mad bro.
The12ozCurls- March 28, 2012 at 12:19 pm
King Mo " promptly screwed himself 'royally' " -- well done JJ
Kim Couture is a cunt- March 28, 2012 at 11:57 am
Honestly who cares? When you are as irrelevent as Queen Mo and have that big of a mouth is it really shocking the number one org in the world let's you go? All the guy has done is bash fans for "not understanding because were not pros" and testing positive for steroids all the while pulling a race card the minute someone asks if he understands his charges. Fuck Mo, Fuck his manager and fuck his mom for failing at raising a good human. I love how he backpedals and sounds educated and articulate when ZUFFA threw down the banhammer. GO AWAY IDIOT. Go cry about your med bills and haters for fans while you take my order at Burger King.
Kid Clam Curtains- March 28, 2012 at 11:24 am
Bellator is about to get 5 notches more thugarific.
SonOfSerbia- March 28, 2012 at 11:06 am
maybe King Mo can teach English to the other people in the unemployment line....apologize and wax the baldfather's head and he'll give you a UFC contract...then sacrifice him to the Dragon...Machida v King Mo...WAR MACHIDA
KOmateo- March 28, 2012 at 10:46 am
honestly, on a side note, no one wants to hear this guy complain. The coolest thing in MMA is a guy who loves what he does. We want to see a guy work his ass off and beat a really tough opponent and then smile about it. This is not a prefight build up, this is who he is as a martial artist. Go to WWF queen mo
The12ozCurls- March 28, 2012 at 10:31 am
Where is that eternal racist Fletch to answer the tough questions when it comes to this topic. He is like the "expert" witness in a trial when it comes to all things racially insensitive. I haven't seen him on here today - so he must be soaking his giant crosses in gasoline for his big bonfire tonight.
Fletch the V Stretch- March 28, 2012 at 10:49 am
12OZ - Sorry man, it took me a couple of hours to read through that article, Mo's quote to be exact. After much thought and reserch, I have come to the conclusion that it is some form of an entirely different language. I concurred that there were parts of broken English in there somewhere but couldn't quite decypher the code. Oh yeah and then I had to throw on my white suit of honor and soak my giant crosses in gasoline. Yours truly...
Fletch the V Stretch- March 28, 2012 at 10:49 am
12OZ - Sorry man, it took me a couple of hours to read through that article, Mo's quote to be exact. After much thought and reserch, I have come to the conclusion that it is some form of an entirely different language. I concurred that there were parts of broken English in there somewhere but couldn't quite decypher the code. Oh yeah and then I had to throw on my white suit of honor and soak my giant crosses in gasoline. Yours truly...
The12ozCurls- March 28, 2012 at 11:28 am
Your comment was so awesome you posted it twice.
Fletch the V Stretch- March 28, 2012 at 11:34 am
That is how I roll son. And it was not me who posted it twice. CP just knows what's up apparently.
The12ozCurls- March 28, 2012 at 12:17 pm
C'MON SON - LOL
Fletch the V Stretch- March 28, 2012 at 12:33 pm
Oh god, it appears that reading over his vernacular code I have subconsciously picked up a habit of using this broken version of eubonics.. It may be time to burn myself, reverse subconscious racism BOOM!
FilmDrunk- March 28, 2012 at 9:31 am
This shit is stupid. People are going to vent on Twitter or Facebook or whatever, it's stupid to make a big deal about it.
Anhonestmoose- March 28, 2012 at 9:40 am
I agree on facebook, where you're audience is limited to a (relatively) small group of friends and family. On twitter, where the whole point is to get your thoughts out to the public, there should probably be more accountability.
jimbonics- March 28, 2012 at 9:24 am
Dear Mo, for the record:

"NSAC had they mind made up b4 we got there!"

The racist bitch was right. You don't know English.
martynunya- March 28, 2012 at 2:08 pm
The real question is whether or not Mo can speak Japanese?
Anhonestmoose- March 28, 2012 at 9:19 am
If it was just the twitter thing I would say this was an overreaction from Zuffa. In conjunction with the failed steroid test I would say this is justified.
The_Dead_Cow- March 28, 2012 at 9:13 am
Fuckin weak sauce yo. He shoulda just called the bitch "cunty". Oh well, he'll probably end up in the UFC soon which is where he belongs anyway.
2gq4u- March 28, 2012 at 9:03 am
His releases paves the way from Strikeforce to the UFC while seemingly slapping him down for mouthing off to the commission and bringing up race where it didn't need to be.
Everyone wins. Except Strikeforce, which is of course, business as usual.
KOmateo- March 28, 2012 at 10:49 am
He isnt ready for quinton jackson, he would get knocked out, they wouldnt bring him over 1) he just isnt good enough 2) UFC doesnt bring over guys who cant hack it in the minor leagues
KOmateo- March 28, 2012 at 10:49 am
He isnt ready for quinton jackson, he would get knocked out, they wouldnt bring him over 1) he just isnt good enough 2) UFC doesnt bring over guys who cant hack it in the minor leagues
KOmateo- March 28, 2012 at 10:49 am
He isnt ready for quinton jackson, he would get knocked out, they wouldnt bring him over 1) he just isnt good enough 2) UFC doesnt bring over guys who cant hack it in the minor leagues
KOmateo- March 28, 2012 at 10:47 am
he is not ready for the UFC fighter
Viva Hate- March 28, 2012 at 9:01 am
Looks like he will see become Burger King Mo, yes I would like fries with that Mo.
The Fresh One- March 28, 2012 at 11:39 am
Poor choice, BK's fries are the worst.
The12ozCurls- March 28, 2012 at 12:22 pm
And the BK taco tastes like a combonation of dirty band-aids and buttholes.
WAR the JACK IN THE BOX fake meat soy product taco
Viva Hate- March 28, 2012 at 1:10 pm
All hail the shamrock shake!
The12ozCurls- March 28, 2012 at 3:45 pm
Do you mean the MacDonald's green mint-flavored shake or the one that is full of Winstrol - Andro & Valtrex that Ken makes every morning.
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