|Former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight champion|
|Listed height||6 ft 0 in|
|Listed weight||205 lb|
|Born|| January 11, 1981|
Murfreesboro, Tennessee, United States
|Fighting out of||San Jose, California, United States|
|Trained by||Javier Mendez, Bob Cook, Leandro Vieira|
|Team||American Kickboxing Academy (AKA)|
Muhammed Lawal is an American mixed martial artist currently signed to Bellator MMA. He is a former three-time U.S. Senior National Wrestling Champion, a former NCAA National collegiate wrestling Champion with Central Oklahoma, a Texas State Wrestling Champion with Plano East, as well as a decorated international competitor. Lawal is 12-3-1 in his MMA career, earning wins over veterans Travis Wiuff, Mark Kerr, Mike Whitehead, Gegard Mousasi and Seth Petruzelli. Lawal is a former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight champion.
In the Mixed Martial Arts world Lawal goes by the name of "King Mo" which has made him very popular with the Japanese MMA fans. He got the name "King Mo" from his friend Kami Barzini who told Lawal, "once you do what you gotta do, you'll be a king" and the name has stuck ever since.
After finishing with an NCAA Division 2 National Championship in 2002, Mo moved on to Division 1 for his senior year of college. Lawal became a Big 12 Conference champion and Division 1 All-American in 2003 for Oklahoma State,where he finished in third place for the 197 pound division. He was also the University Freestyle National Champion at 185 pounds this year.
After college Lawal moved on to enter the newly formed Real Pro Wrestling league and became the champion of the 184 pound weight class in 2004. He also moved on to become the Senior U.S. National Champion in freestyle wrestling three times, 2005, 2006 and 2008. For over three years, Lawal was the number 1 ranked wrestler in the United States in the 84 kilogram division.
Mixed Martial ArtsEdit
Lawal made his MMA debut for the Japanese World Victory Road promotion on their Sengoku 5 event. A late replacement for the injured Roger Gracie, Lawal surprised many with his quick TKO victory over veteran Travis Wiuff. He returned to competition just over a month later, securing a TKO victory over Fabio Silva and was victorious in January 2009 against Yukiya Naito. Lawal defeated the current Light Heavyweight King of Pancrase Ryo Kawamura at Sengoku on March 20, 2009 even after suffering an ACL tear in the first round. It was Lawal's only fight so far in his career to go to decision.
On August 28, 2009, Lawal made his United States MMA debut and M-1 Global debut at M-1 Global Presents Breakthrough. Lawal's fight was the main event of the main card where he faced "The Smashing Machine" Mark Kerr, instead of the originally planned match up with Mixed Martial Arts legend Don Frye. Lawal quickly scored a takedown and pounded Kerr unconscious, winning the fight (and sending Kerr's mouthpiece flying across the ring) twenty five seconds in the first round. Lawal recently became a member of "Team Thirsty" and "Team GDP" with professional fighters Rashad Evans and Daniel Cormier but has since still trained more so with team "Kingdom Of Mayhem" for his more recent fights.
On October 13, 2009, it was announced that Lawal had signed a multi-fight contract with U.S. based promotion Strikeforce. The contract allows him to continue fighting in the Japanese circuit where he has gained his notoriety.
On December 19th at Strikeforce: Evolution Lawal fought Mike Whitehead, beating him three minutes and eight seconds into round one. Lawal came in showing relaxed hands and strong counter punching and caught Whitehead with a strong right which dropped him. Lawal followed up with three punches causing the referee to stop the fight at three minutes eight seconds awarding Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal the win by KO (Punches).
Lawal was out of action until mid 2011 after undergoing surgery to repair a knee injury. Lawal was scheduled to fight Roger Gracie at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson on July 30, 2011. Gracie, however, withdrew from the bout in late June, due to an injury. The fight was rescheduled for Strikeforce World Grand Prix: Barnett vs. Kharitonov on Sept. 10, 2011, and Lawal won via KO in the first round.
Lawal garnered his second straight victory, defeating previously unbeaten Lorenz Larkin at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine via second round KO. However, Lawal tested positive for anabolic steroids (Drostanolone) and as a result of the banned substance, the fight's result has been changed to a no contest while Lawal will have his license suspended for one year. After meeting with the Nevada State Athletic Commission on March 27, 2012 his suspension was reduced to nine months.
Lawal was released from Strikeforce following comments he made on Twitter regarding Pat Lundvall after his hearing for his drug test. Lawal said, "She asked if I did research for my training. I didn't get what she meant by the question, and she rolled her eyes and asked, 'Do you speak English? Can you read?' I felt I was disrespected by the woman's comments. How are you going to ask a college educated, well traveled man if he can speak or read English? I'm speaking English right in front of you and I've been speaking English right in front of you for the past 15 minutes." After the release, Lawal issued an apology to Lundvall, stating, "I was out of line for calling the woman the b-word and I was wrong for that. I was kind of mad about the comments, I was offended by the comments made towards me and I was out of line. I was too emotional. I apologize for that. With that being said, I still feel that I was offended, but I'm in the wrong for what I said.".
Lawal made his Bellator debut at Bellator 86 in the Bellator Season 8 Light Heavyweight Tournament Quarter-Final Round against Przemyslaw Mysiala. Lawal defeated Mysiala via knockout due to a right hook at 3:52 in round 1.
"King Mo" then participated in a 4-man Light Heavyweight tournament, he faced Mikhail Zayats in the tournament semi-finals. He won a unanimous decision. Lawal is now expected to face Quinton Jackson (who defeated Christian M'Pumbu on the other side of the bracket) in the finals at Bellator MMA's very first PPV on May 17, 2014.
Lawal's parents are immigrants from Nigeria. Lawal was born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He has a younger brother named Abdullah and a younger sister named Aminat. The three were raised by a single mother, "My mom [Nike Rosseau] pretty much raised us all. My dad was never around." Muhammed's father committed suicide when Lawal was twenty years old.
After his fight with Larkins, Lawal was diagnosed with Staphylococcus obtained from knee surgery. Lawal had a fever of 103 degrees, and the infection ate away at parts of his hip and legs, "I had this moment where I was like, man, I can see my hip bone. I was ripped still. I had an eight-pack. But there's my hip bone. I looked at my leg, and it looked like those zombies from The Walking Dead. I feel like I looked death in the face, and I survived."
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
Mixed Martial ArtsEdit
- International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles
- 2007 Hargobind International Tournament Senior Freestyle Gold Medalist
- 2007 Alexander Medved International Senior Freestyle Silver Medalist
- 2007 Pan American Championships Senior Freestyle Gold Medalist
- 2007 World Cup Senior Freestyle Silver Medalist
- 2007 Takhti Cup Senior Freestyle Gold Medalist
- 2006 Golden Grand Prix Senior Freestyle Bronze Medalist
- 2006 Uzbekistan Independence Cup Golden Grand Prix Senior Freestyle Gold Medalist
- 2006 Yasar Dogu International Senior Freestyle Gold Medalist
- 2006 Dave Schultz Memorial International Open Senior Freestyle Gold Medalist
- 2005 Dave Schultz Memorial International Open Senior Freestyle Silver Medalist
- 2004 Clan International Championships Senior Freestyle Silver Medalist
- 2004 Dave Schultz Memorial International Open Senior Freestyle Bronze Medalist
- 2004 FILA Manitoba Open Senior Freestyle Silver Medalist
- 2003 Sunkist Kids International Open Senior Freestyle Bronze Medalist
- USA Wrestling
- USA Senior Freestyle National Championship (2005, 2006, 2008)
- USA University Freestyle National Championship (2003)
- 2006 NYAC Christmas Championships Senior Freestyle Gold Medalist
- 2005 FILA World Team Trials Senior Freestyle Winner
- 2004 NYAC Christmas Championships Senior Freestyle Silver Medalist
- National Collegiate Athletic Association
- University Interscholastic League
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|4 match||0 wins||0 losses|
|Win||12-3 (1)||Mikhail Zayats||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 110||February 28, 2014||3||5:00||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States||Bellator Season 10 Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinals.|
|Loss||11–3 (1)||Emanuel Newton||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 106||November 2, 2013||5||5:00||Long Beach, California, United States||For Interim Bellator Light Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||11–2 (1)||Jacob Noe||TKO (retirement)||Bellator 97||July 31, 2013||3||2:51||Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States||Bellator 2013 Summer Series Light Heavyweight Tournament Final|
|Win||10–2 (1)||Seth Petruzelli||KO (punch)||Bellator 96||June 19, 2013||1||1:35||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States||Bellator 2013 Summer Series Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal|
|Loss||9–2 (1)||Emanuel Newton||KO (spinning back fist)||Bellator 90||February 21, 2013||1||2:35||West Valley City, Utah, United States||Bellator Season 8 Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal|
|Win||9–1 (1)||Przemyslaw Mysiala||KO (punch)||Bellator 86||January 24, 2013||1||3:52||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States||Bellator Season 8 Light Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinal|
|N.C||8–1 (1)||Lorenz Larkin||No Contest||Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine||January 7, 2012||2||1:32||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Original KO win; result overturned after Lawal tested positive for Drostanolone|
|Win||8–1||Roger Gracie||KO (punches)||Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov||September 10, 2011||1||4:37||Cincinnati, Ohio, United States|
|Loss||7–1||Rafael Cavalcante||TKO (punches and elbows)||Strikeforce: Houston||August 21, 2010||3||1:14||Houston, Texas, United States||Lost Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||7–0||Gegard Mousasi||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce: Nashville||April 17, 2010||5||5:00||Nashville, Tennessee, United States||Won Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||6–0||Mike Whitehead||KO (punches)||Strikeforce: Evolution||December 19, 2009||1||3:08||San Jose, California, United States||Strikeforce Debut|
|Win||5–0||Mark Kerr||KO (punches)||M-1 Global: Breakthrough||August 28, 2009||1||0:25||Kansas City, Kansas, United States||Heavyweight bout|
|Win||4–0||Ryo Kawamura||Decision (unanimous)||Sengoku 7||March 20, 2009||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||3–0||Yukiya Naito||TKO (punches)||Sengoku no Ran 2009||January 4, 2009||1||3:54||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||2–0||Fabio Silva||TKO (punches)||Sengoku 6||November 1, 2008||3||0:41||Saitama, Japan||Heavyweight bout|
|Win||1–0||Travis Wiuff||TKO (punches)||Sengoku 5||September 28, 2008||1||2:11||Tokyo, Japan||Heavyweight bout|
- ↑ reference video
- ↑ http://www.mmalinker.com/wiki/index.php/Muhammed_Lawal#Wrestling
- ↑ Template:Cite news
- ↑ http://www.tapology.com/fightcenter/fighters/muhammed-lawal-king-mo
- ↑ Bolduc, Justin (February 23, 2009). Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal - Sengoku VII. PunchDrunkGamer.com. Retrieved on March 1, 2009.
- ↑ http://www.sherdog.com/news/articles/sengoku-notebook-king-mo-breaks-hand-16670
- ↑ |url=http://mmamania.com/2009/08/10/m-1-global-breakthrough-mark-kerr-replaces-don-frye-against-king-mo-on-aug-28/
- ↑ Mo-town: Strikeforce signs Muhammed 'King Mo' Lawal. mmamania.com. Retrieved on October 14, 2009.
- ↑ Strikeforce 'Evolution' Results & Play-by-Play. sherdog.com. Retrieved on December 19, 2009.
- ↑ Strikeforce Nashville: King Mo Lawal Beats Gegard Mousasi. mmafighting.com. Retrieved on April 17, 2010.
- ↑ Night of upsets at Strikeforce: 'King Mo' loses title to 'Feijao'. sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved on August 22, 2010.
- ↑ Roger Gracie Pulls Out Of King Mo Fight At Strikeforce: Fedor Vs Henderson. fightofthenight.com. Retrieved on June 25, 2011.
- ↑ 'King Mo' Lawal vs Roger Gracie fight rescheduled for Sept. 10 Strikeforce event. mmamania.com. Retrieved on June 29, 2011.
- ↑ King Mo Knocks Out Roger Gracie. mmafighting.com. Retrieved on September 10, 2011.
- ↑ Strikeforce results: Muhammed 'King Mo' Lawal knocks out Lorenz Larkin. mmamania.com. Retrieved on January 7, 2012.
- ↑ Strikeforce's 'King Mo' Lawal tests positive for anabolic steroid, fighter denies use. mmajunkie.com. Retrieved on anuary 17, 2012.
- ↑ Nevada Commission Hands ‘King Mo’ 9-Month Suspension, Changes Jan. 7 Victory to No Contest. sherdog.com. Retrieved on March 27, 2012.
- ↑ http://www.heavy.com/mma/mma-news/2012/03/muhammed-king-mo-lawal-released-by-zuffa-after-nsac-suspension-twitter-rant/
- ↑ King Mo Signs on With Bellator and TNA Wrestling. mmafrenzy.com. Retrieved on May 10, 2012.
- ↑ Bellator results, recap, gifs: Askren stops Amoussou, King Mo wins in debut. bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved on January 25, 2013.
- ↑ Bellator 90 results: Shamhalaev upsets Martinez, Newton KOs 'King Mo' Lawal. mmajunkie.com. Retrieved on February 22, 2013.
- ↑ Bellator 96 Results: Play-by-Play & Updates. sherdog.com. Retrieved on June 19, 2013.
- ↑ Bellator 97 Results: King Mo Lawal Stops Jacob Noe to Earn Title Shot. bleacherreport.com. Retrieved on July 31, 2013.
- ↑ Emanuel Newton Defeats “King Mo” Lawal Again to Win the Interim Bellator Light Heavyweight Title. mmaweekly.com. Retrieved on November 2, 2013.
- ↑ cite web|url=http://mmajunkie.com/2014/02/bellator-110-live-results%7Ctitle=Bellator 110 results: 'Rampage,' 'King Mo' advance to 205 tourney final|publisher=mmajunkie.com|accessdate=February 28, 2014}}
- ↑ cite web|url=https://www.mmaweekly.com/rampage-jackson-vs-king-mo-lawal-tournament-final-featured-on-bellators-may-17-pay-per-view%7Ctitle=Rampage Jackson vs. King Mo Lawal Tournament Final Featured on Bellator’s May 17 Pay-Per-View|publisher=mmaweekly.com|accessdate=March 11, 2014}}
- ↑ http://www.fightmagazine.com/mma-magazine/mma-article.asp?aid=513&issid=36
- ↑ http://www.mmamania.com/2012/2/20/2812628/king-mo-life-threatening-staph-infection-health-scare-mma
- ↑ http://www.thescore.com/mma/articles/216746-strikeforce-king-mo-lawal-to-undergo-knee-surgery