by Brian Lopez-Benchimol – MMAWeekly.com
One of the newest Strikeforce acquisitions is international sensation Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal. He makes his official debut in his new organization Saturday night at Strikeforce: Evolution at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
Only one year into his career as a professional mixed martial artist, wielding true world-class wrestling abilities, Lawal has exploded on the scene with five victories in five tries. He immediately opened eyes in his debut defeating UFC and Pride veteran Travis Wiuff in devastating fashion, a TKO victory in the first round.
Having fielded offers from many organizations recently, including the UFC, Lawal felt the leniency of the Strikeforce brass would allow him to develop into a well-rounded fighter and an even larger force to be reckoned with.
“There were a lot of good organizations out there,” Lawal told MMAWeekly Radio recently. “You’ve got the UFC, you’ve got Shine (Fights) and you’ve got MFC, all those other organizations. The thing is, the UFC they (have) a closed contract (and) they are a good organization, but Strikeforce was an open contract and I can fight in Japan as well. I’m only a year into MMA and only been training for a little over a year. People seem to forget that; they make it seem like I’ve been fighting for years.
“I’m new to it so I just want to stay fresh so I can stay busy and just keep on going in my fighting career.”
The 28-year-old returns the “big boy” division on Saturday, taking on the always-tough Mike Whitehead.
Whitehead, hailing from Las Vegas, comes from a wrestling background as well, though he’s not nearly as decorated as Lawal. Whitehead does have experience on his side with 31 fights as a professional, contrasting Lawal’s five.
What he lacks in experience, Lawal more than makes up for in confidence and assures that whenever Whitehead leaves him with an opening, the Team Quest fighter will exploit it.
“Whatever works, whatever he gives me, I’m going to take,” he crowed.
“I’m not worried about his wrestling because I’m a better wrestler. He says he’s wrestled some of the best wrestlers in the world; I’d like to hear a name because I have actually wrestled between some of the best wrestlers in the world. They’re like Russian and you can’t pronounce their names,” jokes Lawal.
A joker and entertainer at heart, “King Mo” will arrive to deliver another stellar performance and as long as it’s flashy and creative, you’ll be sure to see it in a Lawal fight.
“Whatever I can get and as long as it’s impressive and looks good, I’m going for it.”