Former Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal doesn’t have his troubles to seek at the moment.
So far this year he’s been suspended from fighting for a year after testing positive for a PED (which he later claimed to inadvertently have taken via an over the counter supplement), and now it’s emerged that he’s also been fighting a staph infection that left him in danger of having his leg amputated.
The shocking tale is revealed by Lawal himself in a new interview on the ‘Fight Club’ radio show on SiriusXM and you can see the conversation transcribed below courtesy of Bloody Elbow.
“Alright here’s the thing. All this happened like three weeks ago but I didn’t tell nobody. I was in the hospital with people texting me and I was trying to keep it like nothing was going on so there wouldn’t be any red flags. But what happened was I had surgery after the fight. I had ACL and microfracture. The ACL wasn’t a big deal but the microfracture was a bigger deal in my cartilage. One of the sutures got infected and I had to go to the hospital the day after the Rashad Evans/Phil Davis fight. I got blood taken out of my knee and taken to a lab. I was at my manager’s crib…Mike Kogan’s crib and all of the sudden my doctor’s like ‘hey, you’ve gotta come to the hospital right now’. And this is right after Chael won.
“So I went to the hospital before the Rashad Evans/Phil Davis fight and I watched the fight at the hospital. Then went into the surgery spot and woke up with the PICC line in my arm and they were telling me I would be in there till Monday. I figured I’d go in there and clear my knee out and I’d be out the same night or the next night but I was in there till Monday. Then they checked out my knee again and took the temperature and the knee was still hot and swelling up. They decided to take me back into surgery to do another flush procedure to get the staph infection out.
In twelve days I had five procedures to remove the staph and I’m staph free now. But now they’ve pushed IV medicine through my PICC line that’s connected to my heart through my arm every day for six weeks.
“This is the toughest thing I’ve ever experienced in my life. The harded that I’ve experienced in my life. Spiritually and emotionally, man I’ll put it like this. I’m not religious at all. I was born to a Muslim family. Man this had me thinking I had to purchase the Quran and get back to my faith and start having more talks with Allah. Seeing my teammates come see me, it broke me down a few times man. Coach Mendez came and saw me a lot. Coach Bob, Paul Buentello, Dan Cormier…people on the team. Jermain Ramsey and Jenna…Phil. I just had so many people contact me and come through it was tough man. It pushed me. Mentally I’ll be a stronger person. I know I’ll be stronger and I’ll be a better fighter.”
Scary stuff, but thankfully is sounds like he’s now on the road to recovery. We wish him well and hope that he is able to get back to 100% and resume his fighting career in due course.