Despite recent reports that former Strikeforce champion Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal was in financial trouble due to medical bills from a recent surgery and serious staph infection, the fighter has revealed that those reports are false.

Lawal did acknowledge the serious nature of his injury, which was a reccurence of the ACL injury the fighter suffered in 2010. Speculation surrounded the fact that the injury was to the same knee as before, which may have prevented insurance from covering the surgery.

“That debt stuff isn’t true,” said the light heavyweight while speaking to The MMA Corner. However, the fighter did not go into the specifics of his monetary situation.

Due to the infection, Lawal has been forced to receive treatment through a PICC line straight to his heart. And while the fighter recognizes the situation is less than ideal, it is certainly better than losing his leg or even worse, death.

“I could’ve died!” Lawal proclaimed. “But I’m a fighter physically, mentally, and spiritually.”

The surgery and staph infection are just the latest difficulties in the career of the wrestling stalwart. Following his most recent victory, a dominant performance over Lorenz Larkin on Jan. 7, the Nevada State Athletic Commission revealed that Lawal had tested positive for a steroid and would be suspended. The fighter maintained his innocence, but the fight was overturned to a no-contest.

Even with the current adversity, Lawal remains upbeat and is hopeful to resume training again in the near future.

Photo: Muhammed Lawal (Rob Tatum/The MMA Corner)

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