King Mo Lawal
May 10, 2012 - by Steve Gerweck
MMA By The Numbers: Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal
The C.E.O. of Strikeforce Scott Coker announced earlier this week that the company’s former Light Heavyweight Champion Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal had been released by the organization. The 31-year-old Murfreesboro Tennessee native had been with the company for the past 3-year’s after signing a multi-fight contract in October of 2009. Prior to entering mixed martial arts Lawal was a standout college wrestler for the University Of Central Oklahoma where he won a NCAA Division II Championship back in 2002.
Lawal has been competing in mixed martial arts for the past 4-years after making his debut in 2008 after being trained at the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose California. He started his MMA career competing for the World Victory Road organization in Japan as a Heavyweight fighter. His first fight in North America was while competing for the M-1 organization prior to entering Strikeforce in 2009. Lawal’s first two fights with the new organization were as a heavyweight and in 2010, in his first fight as a Light Heavyweight he won the company’s world title by beating Gerard Mousasi. In January King Mo failed a drug test administered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and his suspension from competition for anabolic steroid use was announced as nine months. Strikeforce announced his release shortly after he made recent controversial comments on his Twitter account.
Below we look at the mixed martial arts career of Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal by the numbers…
* 1 Fight (9th Most All-Time) on Strikeforce On CBS. (Fight: April 17th 2010 Vs Gerard Mousasi)
* 5 Fights (15th Most All-Time) on Strikeforce On Showtime. (First Fight: December 19th 2009 Vs Mike Whitehead Last Fight: January 7th 2012 Vs Lorenzo Larkin)