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Say It Ain’t So, Mo: Muhammed Lawal Tests Positive for Steroid

According to a report by MMAMania, former Strikeforce light heavyweight champ Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal has tested positive for the anabolic steroid drostanalone, a popular weight-cutting aid used by bodybuilders that has also been proven to speed the healing of certain cartilage and soft tissue injuries. Other fighters who have tested positive for the drug in the past include Bill Mahood, Dennis Hallman and Hermes Franca — all of whom admitted to using it for its recovery properties after sustaining serious training injuries.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission allegedly found traces of the drug during his post-Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine fight drug screening after the results came back today.

Mo’s manager Mike Kogan says that Lawal denies ever using the drug and he claims that he doesn’t even know what drostanalone is. In his defense, the drug — or variations of it under its other name “masteron” have been found in tainted supplements in the past, but considering he has been rehabbing a knee injury that required surgery, it doesn’t look good for him that the drug he got popped for is a healing agent.

It’s likely that Lawal will appeal the result.

In totally related news, Zuffa announced via email soon after the news broke today about Lawal that it has adopted a new pre-contract drug screening policy that will see it administer tests before the company will sign a fighter to a new deal.

CEO and chairmen Lorenzo Fertitta says that the policy proves that both the UFC and Strikeforce are taking a hardline stance when it comes to PED use.

“We’re committed to the health and safety of our athletes and we take it very seriously. We already work closely with athletic commissions to protect our athletes and now we’re taking it one step further,” UFC Chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta said. “We’re going to test any potential UFC or STRIKEFORCE fighter before finalizing their contract. This shows that we don’t want performance-enhancing drugs in our sport.”

UFC president Dana White echoed Ferttita’s thoughts on the matter, and says that they are doing their best to level the playing field amongst its athletes.

“The health and safety of our athletes is our top priority,” UFC President Dana White said. “We’ve seen the issues performance-enhancing drugs have caused in other sports and we’re going to do everything we can to keep them out of the UFC and STRIKEFORCE. Our athletes are already held to the highest testing standards in all sports by athletic commissions. Our new testing policy for performance-enhancing drugs only further shows how important it is to us to have our athletes competing on a level playing field.”

Should professional athletes be subject to more stringent Olympic-style drug testing when there is money involved in the sports they compete in?

What do you think, Potato Nation?

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amsterdamheavy- January 18, 2012 at 9:34 am
@KBICKHAM & BI3BERHOLE69: You have NO IDEA what the fuck youre talking about. Masteron was originally created to shrink breast cancer tumors. It is a DHT derived steroid - derived from TESTOSTERONE - as are ALL anabolic agents. The anabolic/androgenic ratio is 62:25 - plain jane testosterone is 1:1!! This steroid was used for years by pro bodybuilders with cash that could afford it, but it is now a lot more available from underground labs. The accelerated collagen synthesis is one of the intersting side effects of this family of steroids - in ADDITION to its anabolic and androgenic effects. It does not aromatize into an estrogen compounds so there is no risk of gyno or bloating - it gives that "hard" muscular look. Labeling it a "healing agent" first and foremost is blatant misinformation and shows you know not a single fucking thing about steroids. Kindly shut the fuck up rather than talk out of your ignorant assholes.
Ill also add, again, that 'Mo is a fucking retard getting caught on this as its half life is around the 3 week mark unless they have developed a metabolite test that I am unaware of - but since he was taking it, he either timed his cycle REALLY badly, or he isnt up on teh science of testing for the substance - either way its his bad. At least Brock and Uberreem understand how to use the shit without getting caught - which is a science in and of itself, understanding esthers and half-lives, and what metabolites can be tested for.
XENOPHON- January 18, 2012 at 8:45 am
@FedorSucksDonkeyDick - Not a word. He really isn't even a CEO - he's the puppet of Lorenzo, and just a front man who is put on stage. He is effective, but like you said...spews nothing but bullshit.
Just don't get why he is viewed as so cool as he is publicity stunt driven. He only reacts to his fears. Good survival trait, but to be taken serious...give me a break, media.
FedorSucksDonkeyDick- January 18, 2012 at 3:56 am
Dana White "Our athletes are already held to the highest testing standards in all sports by athletic commissions"

Chief of US Anti-Doping Agency "Drug testing in MMA is horrific and it’s “a joke”

Hmmmmmmmmmmmm is there anything that comes out of the DW's mouth that isn't bullshit.
bi3berhole69- January 18, 2012 at 3:13 am
Oh no, he used a substance with great regenerative properties that just so happens to fall under the red herring "steroid". Steroids can be used responsibly and honestly i dont think "roiding up" even yields a significant benefit for fighters. these suppliments are usually taken to quicken healing like in this case, and what the fuck is the problem with that?
kbickham- January 17, 2012 at 10:49 pm
this isn't really used for getting big/strong major anabolic purposes...he tore is his acl. Seriously, This is a LEGITIMATE use of a substance where the benefit vastly outweighed the risk. Considering the timeframe, and the fact that a overeem and brock OBVIOUSLY eat babies FULL of steroids... i think this is shitty.
RwilsonR- January 17, 2012 at 9:31 pm
I'm with RSparrow - legalize steroids in Strikeforce! But keep them illegal in the UFC. Test all UFC fighters 100 times more, but let Strikeforce be an anything goes league, with roids, head stomps, soccer kicks, and knees to the head to anyone stupid enough to try to take advantage of the rules by touching their hand to the ground while standing. Maybe even throw these roided up freaks in one night tournaments.
rockhuddy- January 17, 2012 at 9:29 pm
Stupid. I would rather watch healthy people fight than injured people not fight.
Todd M- January 17, 2012 at 7:09 pm
^ LOL, and I was saying how I was finally impressed with Mo's last performance, fuck the haters Mo you finally found your groove!
Also @ BlueDaBaDee, hilarious.
MediumRare- January 17, 2012 at 4:24 pm
OK fuck it. I'm gonna say this every time a fighter gets pinched for PEDS.
The shit he took was to heal faster. So he could fight. And entertain us.
Even if he took something to get bigger, faster and stronger, so fucking what?
BananaAtNight- January 17, 2012 at 3:28 pm
Ok this is getting crazy. I love this sport more than any other and I like the idea that some guys could be jacked on the juice. It adds a bit of wildcard and mystery to things. I hope they leave holes so guys can keep hitting the PEDs (not counting HGH, that causes "facial distortions" and intestine growth).
amsterdamheavy- January 17, 2012 at 2:37 pm
@Gist: When youre talking about HRT, we're specifically talking about plain old testosterone, nothing else.

- has a pretty active forum and they have an HRT only section, though I am not a fan of that site except for general information. A better site is, but that isnt free - it isnt really expensive if you want information, like $7-8/month if you pay month to month but the people there are generally more knowledgeable and friendlier.
You can also just google "male hormone replacement therapy" and youll find many providers of that service - way overpriced providers I might add, but you can use them for info as well.
Get Off Me- January 17, 2012 at 2:34 pm
I remember about 5 years ago now, a few 40 somethings at my gym were actually taking HGH injections from their physician. It was heralded as the fountain of youth at the time and I must agree with the results I saw in these two guys. Is it safe? Maybe we will have an answer down the road. Should Dana and Lorenzo be doing it? To each their own. I am simply underlining the "do as I say, not as I do" aspect of Zuffa's new testing initiative and how it is merely a drop in the bucket with regards to ridding the sport of PED's.
Kinda like if Stern, Bettman or Selig were know to be taking PED's in their day to day lives, but Apples and Oranges is correct.
Good on you for not going after the canola oil mixed with HGH viles, damn black market shit.
GistoftheFist- January 17, 2012 at 2:02 pm
Hey amsterdamheavy, I hear that same argument that aging males can safely use certain roids and things but I don't know enough about them to say for sure. Do you have any articles or posts you can link to prove they are useful?
XENOPHON- January 17, 2012 at 1:52 pm
Silly me, first mistake I made around here as a Zuffa fan. GRIN
...and that drives to El Gaupo's comment. His Zuffa researcher's did a great job digging that tid-bit up of dirt against ESPN, but Lorenzo dropped the ball. True?
He could have pointed back to that date in time forever, instead of feeling as if he had to re-release unedited clips to save face.
It's also a great fact to smash ESPN during Federal depositions over unfair pay structures.
As to the monopoly charges his advisers get a "D-" for not having him bring up the Bellator / Viacom deal. That would stifle a large part of the monopoly crowd - it shut me the fuck up.
Instead he could have smeared shit in their face for decades to come, but in the videos he looked too weak, and on the defensive.
Remember kids, after a weak offense its best to have a strong deterrence in-lieu of even a defense. A defense is always the sign of potential defeat.
amsterdamheavy- January 17, 2012 at 1:34 pm
@GetOffMe - When Lorenzo & Dana are doing it with all of their cash, its called "anti-aging" treatment. Anyone can get HRT & peptides legally with enough money (and when you have that kind of money it isnt expensive at all).


My point is that what youre saying is kind of apples and oranges. I pick up heavy things for fun - if I could afford HRT & peptides legally, I would do them. I can afford them ILLEGALLY and know where to find the stuff, but Im not into the risk that would come from that route. I also dont pick up heavy things competitively and Im over 40, and pretty much ANY male over 40 could benefit from anti-aging therapy to maintain youth/vigor.
RaginAsian- January 17, 2012 at 1:31 pm
Cue Rampage dick jokes in 3... 2...
Get Off Me- January 17, 2012 at 1:20 pm
If Zuffa wants PED's out of the company maybe Lorenzo and Dana should get off the HGH themselves and set an example.
This is more political than practical, basically testing before signing means Zuffa can turn around and say "well he tested clean with us when we signed him" the next time a fighter pisses hot under their banner.
I realize it costs money to test fighters year round, but I cannot think of a more worthy investment at this point. Every time a fighter tests positive, it just sets the sport of MMA back.
Clearly though Zuffa prefers playing PED russian roulette at this stage.
BryanF- January 17, 2012 at 1:14 pm
I'm an advocate for steroids in all sports EXCEPT for contact sports. Think about it, it's not the steroids themselves that are unsafe, it's what you do with them that matters. If you've got football players or fighters hurling biologically enhanced blows to one another's heads its bound to cause a few deaths.

On the other hand, if all you really wanna do is crack a baseball outside a few hundred yards, by all means, where's the harm in that?
El Guapo- January 17, 2012 at 1:08 pm
FACTS? Pffffft! Zero don't need no stinking facts to make his point!! Where do you live, punk?
Kid Clam Curtains- January 17, 2012 at 12:49 pm
RSparrow is correct.
The12ozCurls- January 17, 2012 at 12:40 pm
Hey Xeno - the question was asked to Lorenzo on the ESPN "Outside the Lines" special - not Dana - get your facts in order.
RSparrow- January 17, 2012 at 12:36 pm
Just make using steroids in Strikeforce legal already... Fucking A, save the ink. Everyone cycles on and off, people are just retards when it comes to timing. Unfortunately, that's the truth.
XENOPHON- January 17, 2012 at 12:34 pm
Why not do this to new fighters, and test all the existing ones? Then again why bother at all when you don't publish the guidelines used, the substances look for, and the levels of each to be considered fact.
Even above, they say "trace amounts"...what the fuck does that mean? A trace amount means a very small amount.
In analytical terms, a trace amount is an amount that is detectable but not able to be quantified.
This is a cheesy attempt with a ZUFFA press release to try to push off the liability having so many employees tapping into banned or illegal substances.
Surely you have to know that the ZUFFA LLC cares nothing about drug use, as it is believed to make for better fights. Zuffa only cares about looking bad at a time when ESPN is already gunning for their ass.
Don't be naive, of course ESPN is one of the major influences for prohibiting MMA on television all these years.
Thinking about it again, when doing that ESPN interview Dana dropped the ball when the interviewer said that "Dana's question about ESPN paying boxers just a few hundred bucks was above his paygrade."
Dana should have sat silent and said, well I am a CEO, why were you sent here to waste my time?" "Why don't you go get me some warm coffee and a bagle with cream cheese while I wait for your boss to arrive so we can finish the interview."
Then he should have dropped the question a second time. He squandered a golden opportunity.
KarmaAteMyCat- January 17, 2012 at 12:32 pm
Well isn't that adorable.
amsterdamheavy- January 17, 2012 at 12:30 pm
Year round, random testing is the only answer to this fuck of a problem in our sport.