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On  Tuesday former Strikeforce Lightheavyweight champion Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal faced a hearing before the Nevada State Athletic Commission, over testing positive for the Performance Enhancing Drug Drostanolone in a post fight urinalysis. During the hearing, NSAC Commissioner Pat Lundvall at one point asked Lawal if he could speak English. After the hearing, an aggrieved Lawal twittered that Lundvall was a "racist b---" and was subsequently released by parent company ZUFFA.

In an interview with Percy Crawford on Wednesday, Lawal's manger Mike Kogan lashes out at the Commissioner.

Percy Crawford: When she initially asked the question if Mo could read and speak English, you brought up a good point in saying she didn't ask Mike Pyle the same question, and I've heard from several sources he kind of mumbled his way through the process. How did the questions initially strike you?

Mike Kogan: First, I was a little confused. I was like, "Is this woman asking if this man speaks English?" And then she went on and said, "Can you read and write in English?" I'll be honest with you, I was in shock. I really was. I was like, "This woman just asked this man if he can speak English in the middle of a f------ hearing, after he had been speaking to her for 20 minutes already answering all of these questions."

I understand that she is a trial attorney, so she might be used to that line of questioning when it comes to witnesses. I wish this was a goddamn trial. I wish there was a judge and jury. I wish we could present evidence. I wish we could bring in experts and I wish we could have upheld the same standards that a trial would have upheld. Then we would have been in a lot better shape. Then she could have asked him if he speaks English, Swahili, Nairobi, and take DNA for all the f--- I care because we would have had a lot more to show and a lot more to prove.

But we sat down in front of a commission, who basically judges on their own and makes a decision on their own. They look at facts, yes, but ultimately, when you sit down in front of a commission, you're guilty and the only way you can prove yourself or even give circumstances is if you can prove 20 people held you down and shoved the pill up your ass or something. That's the only way you can do it.

The point I'm making is if she wanted to hold this hearing up to the same standards of a court of law as a commissioner, then she should probably make some motions to change the proceedings that will make it more to follow the procedures that go on in a court, and have a panel or jury or due process or somebody else that we can talk to. But none of that happened, so her stance was completely uncalled for. So trial attorney or not, as that may well be, she is a commissioner and her job is to be professional and not biased, and if she's asking Mo Lawal to be professional and be responsible for what he puts in his mouth, then she should take responsibility for what comes out of hers.

PC: Mo went down there out of respect for the commission and to also give his side of the series of events that took place, but he went under great duress because he's not physically well.

MK: Yeah, the last thing that Mo needs right now is to fly around and go to the commissions. If there were some other motions or some other athletes that were being asked to do things, and the only one that showed up really was Mike Pyle because he already lives in Las Vegas. We felt that it would be disrespectful to the commission to discuss the issue of default and we wanted to face them face to face, so we flew up there.

And in the beginning of the hearing, the chairman of the commission, and I don't remember his name, but the chairman of the commission established that Mo understood the proceedings, understood the charges against him, understood what he has legal rights to and what he doesn't, and all of these kinds of things, so for the commission to say this is standard procedure, we always ask all of our athletes if they speak English and if they can read and write English, I would imagine if this is something that you establish at the beginning of the procedure, that it is true for everybody.

Now, Mike Pyle came in there mumbling that he trains and does grappling and wrestling, but he was never asked if he speaks English or not. Cheick Kongo, who was mumbling s--- in half French, wasn't asked to clarify his English speaking skills. The only athlete that gets asked that 20 minutes after he had been speaking English is a guy named Adekunle Muhammed Lawal. I wonder if she just couldn't pronounce his f------ name so she decided to come out of shape. Whatever her intentions were, they were unprofessional, they were uncalled for, and he shouldn't have to swallow it.

If you have some reporter say one crooked word about Dana, he comes out with a bee line saying the dude is a f------ moron and an idiot and he should be never allowed to report anything again. And for Mo to just sit there and accept this and swallow it is uncalled for. I wasn't asked if I could speak English. Why didn't she ask me? I was speaking there too on Mo's behalf, so if this is a matter of procedure that they make sure everybody there speaks f------ English, how come nobody asked me if I speak f------ English?

PC: You would think you would have been asked because the context in which it was asked to Mo was regarding him signing the supplement waiver in which you admitted to filling out, so you would think she would ask you or at least ask both of you guys.

MK: Yes! I said I filled it out. She goes, "Yes, both of your signatures are here. Mr. Lawal, do you speak English?" How come nobody asked me if I speak English? You just said both of our signatures were on the paper? "This is a matter of procedure." No, this is bulls---. This is a bigoted woman who thought she was gonna bully people around because that's what the f--- they are doing is bullying people around because you're gods. Well, f--- her because I won't be bullied around. Don't bully me around. I show you respect, you show me respect.

PC: Speaking of disrespectful, I thought it was pretty bad for Dana White to ignore your text of simply saying, "We would love to tell you our side." Instead, he instructs Sean Shelby to call you guys and release you from your contract. When Forrest Griffin tweeted something he didn't agree with, he called Forrest and got his side.

MK: We don't have a relationship with Dana White. He's never called us for anything.

He has a relationship with Forrest Griffin and they have each other's phone numbers. If you remember the last time Dana White made a reference to Mo, he said, "I don't know who this Mo Lawal is, but he needs to keep his mouth shut," or something like that. I don't remember quite what it was.

The truth of the matter is, and I have said this in previous interviews, it's their company and they run it however they want to run it or see fit, and I don't have a problem with it, and neither does Mo. If they see fit to release him, then that's fine too and that's just the way that things are.

My problem or my grief is with an athletic commission commissioner; a woman that is supposed to be enforcing adequate professionalism is sitting there 20 minutes into a goddamn interview singling out the only person in there that had a weird f------ name and she asked him if he speaks f------ English after 20 minutes of talking to him. To me, that's unprofessional, uncalled for, and unacceptable. That's it.

What Dana White wants to do and who he wants to fire and call or not call himself, that's somebody else's problem because it's irrelevant. I don't really care.

PC: Obviously the main thing is getting Mo healthy right now, but what's the process? Are you entertaining calls for him now or do you wait 'till he's healthy to present him to people and organizations?

MK: The man's gotta earn a living and I don't see us going back to Zuffa anytime soon. I see a lot of people have made a reference to Alistair Overeem being cut and then being resigned. I don't think that's going to happen. I mean, we had a Zuffa contract. Once you get cut, what are you going to do, get cut from one Zuffa contract and then make you sign another one? It's ridiculous.

So we have already had calls coming in and people are interested. We're going to talk it out. Mo will be ready to fight in 6 months, so there is no reason to sit around and wait until after he' healthy. The man's gotta eat. Let's not forget he has medical bills that piled up to the ying yang that he's gotta pay for out of his pocket, so things aren't great right now.

PC: Yeah, this definitely hasn't been a good year, but there are so many contradicting situations that have been going on within this organization lately.

MK: You know, like I said, the only thing I want to comment on is her unprofessional comments that were uncalled for, and in my and Mo's judgment, very racist. He's faced these kinds of comments in the past and he knows how they were said. And if you were sitting there and you were looking at her with her smug face and her "I am God" condescending attitude, you would have known what she was saying.

She got a little carried away and there is nobody there to smack them on the hand. They are the gods. so that doesn't mean that I have to take it or Mo has to take it. And if the consequences are getting fired or getting cut and spending the rest of your life fighting for $2,000, that's fine, but if the flip side of it is to become a house nigga and hop up and down and give it to you up the ass, then f--- that! I'll take the other alternative.

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Mike Kogan, head of K-1 America, failed to pay tons of fighters who fought on K-1 cards. He promised them salaries he knew wouldn't be paid, reneged on his promises, and they fought for free. K-1 still owes a certain boxing coach at Xtreme Couture almost a million dollars. But even worse, there are other fighters the organization owes tens of thousands each who have nothing now. No job at all. They fought for free and Kogan continued to seek out and hire talent after refusing to pay fighters. He kept putting on new events. The lowest of the low. Phone Post
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Masakatsu Funaki -  Mike Kogan, head of K-1 America, failed to pay tons of fighters who fought on K-1 cards. He promised them salaries he knew wouldn't be paid, reneged on his promises, and they fought for free. K-1 still owes a certain boxing coach at Xtreme Couture almost a million dollars. But even worse, there are other fighters the organization owes tens of thousands each who have nothing now. No job at all. They fought for free and Kogan continued to seek out and hire talent after refusing to pay fighters. He kept putting on new events. The lowest of the low. Phone Post

 We have a winner!


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Race has nothing to do with this., When you are appealing your suspension with the defense of "But But I didn't know what was in the supplements I bought and ingested" you DESERVE to be mocked like that. 
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Cheick Kongo, who was mumbling s--- in half French, wasn't asked to clarify his English speaking skills. The only athlete that gets asked that 20 minutes after he had been speaking English is a guy named Adekunle Muhammed Lawal.

LOL! Talk about shooting your defense in the foot. If she is "very racist" as they contend, wouldn't she have been all over Cheick Kongo's mumbling ass?
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Fuck him and his race card playing bullshit.
3/30/12 9:47 AM
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Yeah his statements don't make much sense. If the lady was a racist why would she not have been rude to Kongo and Pyle?

Also screaming racism at a member of the NSAC is a good way to fuck yourself over in all future dealings in Nevada. Those people do not have a sense of humor.
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I ask this of every single person that I question under oath without regard to their race. Almost every other attorney/judge/police officer etc. that I know does the same precisely to avoid the defense of the accused being illiterate. It further goes to show the true nature of King Mo's character that he would attempt to tarnish another persons professional character for his own personal gain. As others have said, he owes her an apology. Phone Post
3/30/12 9:49 AM
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Fuck mike kogan. Phone Post
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So it looks like we can add "Shit Management" to the long list of hardships Mo has been suffering as of late.
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sweepnchoke - So it looks like we can add "Shit Management" to the long list of hardships Mo has been suffering as of late.
Exactly.
Kogan doesn't appear to be helping the situation at all.

I still contend that the line of questioning was not racist and that Mo may be his own worst enemy but I am starting to feel bad for him. It's been a rough year. Phone Post
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What idiots...I wonder if they realize they are hurting themselves more than anything at this point.
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Wow this seems to be the situation ....

MO decided that appearing personally in front if the commission would help his case, so he pays the expenses of the trip there and back.
When he gets there, he realizes that its basically a sentencing, unless you have moving proof to counter the claim
He gets pissed that he's gone through all of this trouble for nothing
The Lawyer asks if he speaks english, knowing he does, but to have it on record. She comes off as a smug bitch to an already pissed off MO.
Later he is still fuming at all the trouble he went through for nothing, and the smug comment by the lawyer and takes to twitter to vent.
EVERYTHING gets blown out of proportion and he is fired.
Now he has another mess to clean up. Phone Post
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Everything went out the window when this guy made the "House Nigger" comment Phone Post
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Common question to ask you idiots. And she has asked white Americans the same thing in the last. Get a grip drama queens. Phone Post
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Cheick Kongo, who was mumbling s--- in half French, wasn't asked to clarify his English speaking skills. The only athlete that gets asked that 20 minutes after he had been speaking English is a guy named Adekunle Muhammed Lawal.

LOL! Talk about shooting your defense in the foot. If she is "very racist" as they contend, wouldn't she have been all over Cheick Kongo's mumbling ass?


the lawyer is only racist towards american blacks, a common occurance in this country

kongo is french

 She is also only racist against 100% American Blacks, and Kyle is only 1/2 iirc.
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sweepnchoke - So it looks like we can add "Shit Management" to the long list of hardships Mo has been suffering as of late.


Lol, I love it!
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DABJJ BEN - I ask this of every single person that I question under oath without regard to their race. Almost every other attorney/judge/police officer etc. that I know does the same precisely to avoid the defense of the accused being illiterate. It further goes to show the true nature of King Mo's character that he would attempt to tarnish another persons professional character for his own personal gain. As others have said, he owes her an apology. Phone Post
After 20 minutes of talking to her? Stfu. She's a fucking idiot she knew he knew English. Im sure her attorney ways looked into his background extensively. Phone Post
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Systema - This is fucking bs. The commission and the ufc are so in bed together it's disgusting.

I thought they are separate, so how do mo's comments about someone at the commission get him immediately fired from the ufc?? Why not just let the commission deal with it?

This is a typical case of "do u know who u're fucking with motherfucker? I'll have your job!"

I'm not even a fan of Mo, but this is bullshit.
Exactly. Phone Post
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Quit playing the fucking race card you idiots. When legitimate racist things go down and people claim racism, it will be like crying wolf because of shit like this


You fucked up and got caught! Don't play the race card and steal that from a legitimate issue! Phone Post
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OuTkAsTTTTT69 - Wow this seems to be the situation ....

MO decided that appearing personally in front if the commission would help his case, so he pays the expenses of the trip there and back.
When he gets there, he realizes that its basically a sentencing, unless you have moving proof to counter the claim
He gets pissed that he's gone through all of this trouble for nothing
The Lawyer asks if he speaks english, knowing he does, but to have it on record. She comes off as a smug bitch to an already pissed off MO.
Later he is still fuming at all the trouble he went through for nothing, and the smug comment by the lawyer and takes to twitter to vent.
EVERYTHING gets blown out of proportion and he is fired.
Now he has another mess to clean up. Phone Post
You're an idiot. Thanks for your worthless input. Your support of Mo does nothing but hurt is ability to be a man and accept responsibility for his actions

You are not helping him Phone Post
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How long do you guys estimate it will take Mo to come back from this mess, if ever? Phone Post
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DABJJ BEN - I ask this of every single person that I question under oath without regard to their race. Almost every other attorney/judge/police officer etc. that I know does the same precisely to avoid the defense of the accused being illiterate. It further goes to show the true nature of King Mo's character that he would attempt to tarnish another persons professional character for his own personal gain. As others have said, he owes her an apology. <img src="/images/phone/apple.png" alt="Phone Post" border="0" style="vertical-align:middle;"/>
After 20 minutes of talking to her? Stfu. She's a fucking idiot she knew he knew English. Im sure her attorney ways looked into his background extensively. <img src="/images/phone/droid.png" alt="Phone Post" border="0" style="vertical-align:middle;"/>


What's it like living with a double digit IQ? Do you ever just walk into things?


Kogan and princess LOL deserve one another.
Are you ever funny when you try? Phone Post
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 That manager is a moran, he could have brought experts with him, he could have brought witnesses.
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OuTkAsTTTTT69 - Wow this seems to be the situation ....

MO decided that appearing personally in front if the commission would help his case, so he pays the expenses of the trip there and back.
When he gets there, he realizes that its basically a sentencing, unless you have moving proof to counter the claim
He gets pissed that he's gone through all of this trouble for nothing
The Lawyer asks if he speaks english, knowing he does, but to have it on record. She comes off as a smug bitch to an already pissed off MO.
Later he is still fuming at all the trouble he went through for nothing, and the smug comment by the lawyer and takes to twitter to vent.
EVERYTHING gets blown out of proportion and he is fired.
Now he has another mess to clean up. Phone Post
You're an idiot. Thanks for your worthless input. Your support of Mo does nothing but hurt is ability to be a man and accept responsibility for his actions

You are not helping him Phone Post

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