Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal (12-4) is known for being a heavy hitter with an equally strong opinion. While inside the cage he’s known as a formidable wrestler, but his over-the-top entrances on fight nights are a testament to his panache for showmanship.
A former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion, earning his title by unanimous decision after going five rounds with Gegard Mousasi, he’s had a good share of experience to make him one of the more well rounded and exciting fighters to watch. First seen as a strong title contender in Bellator, his back to back losses to Emmanuel Newton have caused some pundits to question his future in MMA. But while it’s generally accepted to question everything in journalism, doubters might want to look at the whole picture before drawing a conclusion.
Lawal’s got that special blend of skill and speak that guarantees an entertaining fight – win, lose or draw. And drawing in an audience is exactly what King Mo specializes in.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock you probably know by now that Scott Coker (former president of Strikeforce) replaced Bjorn Rebney as the new President of Bellator less than 3 months ago. We asked Lawal how he felt about the change, “I think Scott Coker is doing great.”, he confidently replied. “He’s going to help Bellator grow as a brand and I promise you that people will get to enjoy more exciting fights in the near future.”
We asked King Mo where he sees his career with Bellator going now that the promotion is under Scott Coker’s helm. Lawal assured us he’s fully committed especially with a new deal he’s just signed with the promotion. Mo gave us some details, “It’s longer term for sure and I’m excited to fight, I’m here for the long haul. I think it’s something like 10 fights.”
That’s one hell of a commitment. And one that likely came with some very good assurances from both Coker and the rest of the team at Spike TV. Speaking of commitments, TNA Wrestling (who’s current broadcast deal with Spike is set to expire at the end of this year) is another Spike production that Lawal’s been known to participate in. We asked him what the future looks like there, “I have no current plans with TNA until after my fight with Jacoby”, he explained. “They use me when I’m free. I’m going to stay a professional fighter because that pays my bills.”
But leaving the door open to possibility Mo did admit it’s on his bucket list, “When I’m finished with fighting I may try to become a professional wrestler full time.”
Still on the matter of unfinished business, Lawal’s been very vocal about his disappointment in the outcome of his last fight against “Rampage” Jackson at Bellator 120. When asked if he had any plans to pursue a rematch, Mo told us, “He asked me for a rematch and I said yea, then he declined the fight. If he wants a rematch then i’ll give it to him. I wouldn’t do anything differently than what I did in the first fight. I would take him to the canvas and fight my fight, maybe I would change the location so it ain’t in his hometown.”
Before he can get to Rampage or Wrestling, King Mo will have to face Dustin Jacoby (10-3) this Friday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Ucanville, CT. Marked as the official season opener, Bellator 123 will webcast its prelims on Spike.com at 6/7C with the main card airing live on Spike TV at 8/7C.