Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal is one of the most authentic, charismatic fighters in mixed martial arts. Which is why he belongs in the WWE.
King Mo was signed by Bellator several years ago with big fanfare. He was supposed to be a two-sport athlete, competing in Bellator and TNA Impact wrestling, in a deal orchestrated by Viacom and former Bellator President Bjorn Rebney.
Lawal worked a couple of TV angles on TNA television, but he never pursued the squared circle. Lawal has great respect for pro wrestling. He has openly admitted that wrestling training is tougher than mixed martial arts training.
He’s a fan of the sport, with knowledge of old-timers such as Ric Flair, Tully Blanchard and his favorite wrestler, Arn Anderson.
The truth is, Mo’s career isn’t really going anywhere in Bellator. He lost a fight via controversial decision to Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in his biggest Bellator fight. He’ll compete next in a one-night Bellator tournament later in the year — potentially two MMA fights in one night.
Mo’s potential isn’t really being fulfilled in Bellator, as the company gets behind bigger marquee fights with legendary names. And Spike is no longer in the wrestling business.
With the MMA and wrestling partnership over, Lawal should think about opening the door to negotiations with the WWE. Imagine King Mo in NXT? He’d love it and do great and his athleticism and charisma could be put to good use, rather than being just another guy in Bellator.
King Mo has the one thing that you need most to be a pro wrestler: Heart.
Lawal is a good mixed martial arts fighter, but he should be one of Bellator’s top stars, not a guy like Kimbo Slice.
Whatever his contract with Bellator is, he should think about getting out now, and make the most of his talents.