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Lawal returns to competition, he will be a two-sport
Sherdog.com confirmed with sources close to the situation on
Wednesday that “King Mo” is expected to sign with both Total
Nonstop Action Wrestling and the
Bellator Fighting Championships in the near future. According
to Sherdog’s sources, the former Strikeforce
light heavyweight champion will likely perform simultaneously for
the professional wrestling organization and the Chicago-based MMA
promoter. Details surrounding the deals were not revealed.
It is currently unknown when Lawal will debut with the
organizations, but any athletic participation from the fighter will
likely come down the road, as Lawal is still recovering from knee
surgery and a serious battle with staph infection.
Lawal is currently serving a nine-month suspension handed to him by
the Nevada Athletic Commission after he tested positive for the
anabolic steroid Drostanolone following his Jan. 7 technical
knockout of Lorenz
Larkin. The former NCAA wrestling standout explained to the
commission during his disciplinary hearing that an over-the-counter
supplement was the cause of his positive test, but the explanation
did not sway the commission’s verdict. In addition to his
suspension, Lawal was also fined a total of $39,000 and saw his
victory over Larkin changed to a no-contest.
During the proceeding, commissioner Pat Lundvall presented a line
of questioning to which Lawal took exception, asking the fighter if
he could read and understand English in regard to his signed
pre-fight questionnaire, which required him to list any supplements
taken or injuries sustained. Following the meeting, Lawal vented
his frustrations with the query on Twitter, referring to Lundvall
as a “racist bitch.”
In light of the comment, Lawal was released from his Strikeforce
contract on March 27. Lawal later issued an apology to Lundvall for
the comment. While it was rumored briefly that the 31-year-old
might wind up back in the Zuffa fold, that hypothetical has gone by
the wayside for now.
Now owned by Viacom, Bellator currently airs on MTV2 but will move
to Spike TV in 2013. The promotion is currently wrapping up its
ongoing sixth season and plans to hold its first Summer Series
event on June 22. TNA Wrestling was founded in 2002 and airs
programming every Thursday on Spike TV.