Lorenz Larkin gets pounded on by Muhammad Lawal, who subsequently tested positive for steroids. Photo via Strikeforce.com
"It is disappointing to hear of this news since this is now the second opponent in a row that has tested positive after fighting me. I respect Mo and wish him the best. If he says that he didn't take anything then I will take his word for it and it's up to him and his team to prove otherwise. At this point, it's up to the Nevada State Athletic Commission how they will deal with this situation. Regardless of steroid use or not, I don't look at this as a win on my record, because it's not. I have watched tape and I am back in the gym improving how I lost that fight. I will be ready for whatever Strikeforce wants to do regarding who I am fighting next and the light heavyweight division."
Strikeforce light heavyweight prospect Lorenz Larkin releases a statement via press release earlier today insisting that even though he was bummed at the news that Muhammed Lawal tested positive for steroids after their fight on Jan. 7, 2012, at Strikeforce: "Rockhold vs. Jardine," he lost the fight anyway. A classy Larkin, who suffered his first career mixed martial arts (MMA) loss to Lawal, isn't taking the time to trash "King Mo," which speaks volumes for "The Monsoon's" character. Lawal has since denied ever taking any banned substances and his manager, Mike Kogan, also stands by his client, denying any wrongdoing on his part. Whether the Lawal camp files for an appeal with the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) remains to be seen. You Maniacs surprised -- or appreciative -- of the high road Larkin chose to take when it's so easy to bash the guy who just ruined his perfect record by testing positive for steroids?