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NSAC responds to late stoppage in King Mo vs Lorenz Larkin fight

"King Mo" Lawal celebrates after stopping Lorenz Larkin back on Jan. 7 in Las Vegas. Photo courtesy of <a href=""></a>.
"King Mo" Lawal celebrates after stopping Lorenz Larkin back on Jan. 7 in Las Vegas. Photo courtesy of

Looks like Keith Kizer will roll with the punches.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) Executive Director told MMA Fighting he has "no issue" with the timing of referee Kim Winslow's stoppage in the Strikeforce fight between Muhammed Lawal and Lorenz Larkin.

"King Mo" grounded and pounded "The Monsoon" en route to a second round technical knockout (TKO) stoppage on the main card of the Showtime event last Saturday night (Jan. 7, 2012) at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Immediately following Winslow's intervention, the freestyle wrestling phenom blasted her for allowing Larkin to take unnecessary punishment, which could have been avoided, he argues, had she reacted sooner.

Lawal backed off his position in his post-fight speech, but then took her to task again during the Strikeforce: "Rockhold vs. Jardine" post-fight press conference.

Here's what he said.

"The commission, they need to do something with her. Let her take a fight or something and give her a bad ref. Let her fight Cyborg or something. Let her fight 'Cyborg' and then let's do a late stoppage of her. Because I watched her almost get Jan Finney killed by 'Cyborg.' I think the tables need to be turned. Put me in there as a ref and I'll just do a terrible job like her. I heard people from the crowd yelling to stop it and she jumps in all late. I told her, 'Hey you should have stopped the fight earlier.' And she's like, 'Well, I wanted to give him every opportunity to bounce back, so if it takes for him to be asleep. That's what it is.' She never took a punch before so it's easy for her to say that."

"King Mo" wanted the NSAC to "do something with her," and even called into question her stoppage in the Cristiane Santos vs. Jan Finney fight back in June 2010.

According to Kizer, there's nothing to see here folks, so move along.

Anyone disagree?

For more on the Muhammed Lawal vs. Lorenz Larkin fight click here. To see all the results and fallout from the Strikeforce: "Rockhold vs. Jardine" event click here.

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