Former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal tested positive for the anabolic steroid Drostanolone following his January 7th win against Lorenz Larkin, according to Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) Executive Director Keith Kizer.
Lawal will likely be fined for the failed test and could face a suspension stretching upwards of a year. In addition, his victory over Larkin would likely be reversed to a "no contest."
News of the failed test was sent to MMA Nation late Tuesday morning.
Drostanolone, generally referred to as Drolban or Masteron, is a common steroid in the realm of bodybuilding due to its ability to increase muscle capacity while simultaneously limiting the addition of body weight. As such, the drug is often used by athletes in the midst of cutting cycles.
Lawal (9-1), one of Strikeforce's few marketable light heavyweights, cruised through Larkin en route to a second-round TKO win at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine. The 31-year-old's victory vaulted him into title contention for the vacated Strikeforce 205-pound strap.
According to NSAC reports, Lawal earned $95,000 for his work.
Strikeforce fighters Luke Rockhold, Keith Jardine, Robbie Lawler, Tyron Woodley, Tarec Saffiedine, Tyler Stinson, Nah-Shon Burrell, James Terry, Gian Villante, Trevor Smith, Ricky Legere, Chris Spang, Estevan Payan and Alonzo Martinez all tested negative for banned substances, according to NSAC officials.
Lawal has the right to appeal his failed test.