Isn’t it interesting that every time a fighter pops positive for steroids, they always deny it and say it must be a mistake? MMA must be the only sport on the planet that doesn’t have people juicing. Following the trend, here’s Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal’s camp disputing that he took Drostanolone leading up to his last fight. I’m at the point now where I don’t even bother to post about a steroid bust until the inevitable denial.

“Both of us are very surprised by these results,” Kogan told USA TODAY. “Neither of us has ever heard of this drug. … We honestly have no clue where this came from.”

Other than food and drink, the only substances that Lawal takes on a regular basis are iron supplements, Kogan said. When Lawal had fluid drained from his knee a few weeks before the bout, he did receive an injection of a non-anabolic steroid, Kogan said.

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“We had some knee problems going into the fight (against Larkin). He had a torn ACL and his knee swelled up three or four weeks before the fight and we had to have it systematically drained,” Kogan said. “He is in surgery right now having his ACL put in (Lawal does not have an ACL).”

“We talked to that doctor if there might have been something he put in that may have caused this, but from his conclusion it doesn’t seem likely. He put in an an anti-inflammatory steroid at the time when he first drained the knee, but since then he hasn’t put anything in,” Kogan said. “But it wasn’t an anabolic steroid so it wasn’t the same. That’s basically where we are right now. We are still trying to figure out this thing out.”

“Lawal was stunned. This guy has been competing since high school and has reached the highest levels of competition in wrestling, including being an Olympic alternate,” Kogan said. “For him it’s always been about a sense of competition. He is very much against cheating. It’s not in his DNA.”

So what do you think? Seed of doubt planted? I’m a sucker for these kinds of things. At first I wanna go after the athlete with torches and pitchforks but somehow by the end I’m always left scratching my head wondering if maybe there WAS some wacky screwup. The kinds of steroids most professional athletes are using nowadays are designed to get you past Olympic level blood testing. Standard commission drug testing is a joke. It’s to the point now where I don’t think the people caught doping are being caught for the actual doping they’re doing.