MMA Notes: King Mo tests positive

NEIL SPRINGER, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:08 PM ET

Muhammed (King Mo) Lawal tested positive for the anabolic steroid drostanolone following his Jan. 7 TKO victory over Lorenz Larkin at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine in Las Vegas.

Drostanolone is often used as a diuretic for weight-cutting.

The former Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion has since denied using the PED. All other fighters tested negative for banned substances.

Lawal’s victory has not yet been overturned by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, but it is certainly possible that will happen in the coming days.

On the heels of the news, Strikeforce and UFC parent company Zuffa, LLC has beefed up its drug-testing policy.

Effective last Tuesday, all new fighters will be subject to a pre-contract screening for performance-enhancing drugs.

Once signed to either the UFC or Strikeforce rosters, all testing will be handled by the government sanctioning body overseeing an event. In areas like Brazil and the U.K. where none exist, Zuffa will continue to hire independent agencies.

GSP WANTS A PIECE OF DIAZ

Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre will be rooting for Nick Diaz to defeat Carlos Condit at UFC 143 on Feb. 4.

The winner of the bout will be crowned the interim welterweight champion and get the chance to face St. Pierre when he returns from rehabbing his knee.

During an appearance on Inside MMA, the Montreal native said he has unfinished business with Diaz.

“Carlos Condit is a very nice guy,” St. Pierre said. “I never trained with him, but I have trained in Albuquerque along with some of his teammates, and he’s a very nice guy. I like him a lot. But, the reason why I want Nick Diaz to win this fight is that I want to fight Nick Diaz. I don’t want to fight Carlos Condit. I want to fight Nick Diaz. But, in another way, I just hope the best man will win. But if the best man is Nick Diaz, I will appreciate it more, because it will be a better build up for a fight.”

UFC MAKES FX DEBUT

The UFC makes its debut on FOX pay-channel FX this Friday. The card will air in Canada on Sportsnet One at 9 p.m. ET.

UFC on FX 1 will be headlined by a lightweight tilt between Melvin Guillard and Jim Miller.

Both fighters were near title contention before suffering losses in their last outings. Miller dropped a one-sided, unanimous decision to current No. 1 contender Benson Henderson at UFC Live 5 in August, while Guillard was submitted by Joe Lauzon at UFC 136 two months later.

The co-main event will see Duane (Bang) Ludwig take on Josh Neer. UFC president Dana White recently recognized Ludwig as having the fastest KO in company history for his 6.06-second thrashing of Jonathan Goulet six years ago.

Also on the card, self-proclaimed ninja Pat Barry meets Christian Morecraft and UFC newcomer Jared Papazian debuts against Mike Easton.

TALE OF THE TAPE

Jim Miller takes on Melvin Guillard in a classic grappler vs. striker match in the main event of UFC on FX Friday. Here’s how the two stack up.

JIM MILLER

Record: 20-3

(T)KOs: 3

Submissions: 11

Decisions: 6

MELVIN GUILLARD

Record: (29-9-2, 1 NC)

(T)KOs: 19

Submissions: 2

Decisions: 8

NEW FIGHT PARTNERSHIP

Newly reformed ProElite is set to partner with Japanese MMA organization DREAM.

ProElite head of fighter operations T. Jay Thompson revealed the arrangement on The MMA Hour Tuesday.

“We will be partnering with DREAM, not only with a fighter exchange program,” Thompson said, “but some serious talks about bringing DREAM to the U.S. and bringing ProElite to Japan.”

ProElite, which used to run the now-defunct promotion EliteXC, will stage its third show Saturday in Honolulu.

The main event will see DREAM ‘Super Hulk’ tournament winner Ikuhisa (Minowaman) Minowa take on UFC veteran Kendall Grove.

The relationship with DREAM will certainly help bolster ProElite’s roster, which also includes former UFC heavyweight champions Andrei Arlovski and Tim Sylvia.

“With the brain power and relationship between (ProElite matchmaker) Rich Chou and I, we’re going to put on high-quality MMA cards,” Thompson said. “And the matchmaking styles leads into some of these great Japanese fighters.”


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