by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
Before Saturday night’s challenge of Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi, Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal said, “I carry more power. My endurance is better. I think my pacing is better. I’m gonna give what he wants to take, and I’m gonna keep on giving.”
And that’s exactly what he did at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.
He may not have won fans over, but he won the fight at Strikeforce Nashville.
King Mo came out with a game plan and stuck to it. He used his power, taking down Mousasi at will over the course of their five-round battle. He flagged during the second and third rounds, but his endurance held for 25 minutes. And as often as Mousasi tried to ebb the tide, it was Lawal that dictated where the fight would happen and at what pace.
Mousasi spent the better part of the fight on his back, courtesy of Lawal’s takedowns. Although he had moments where he was effective off of his back, Lawal was able to control Mousasi for the better part of the fight, ground and pounding his way to a unanimous decision victory, 49-45 on all three scorecards.
Lawal’s face was bruised up, his eye swollen, after the fight. “I got careless… (but) he didn’t hurt me.”
The crowd booed Lawal loudly after the fight, but he took it in stride, saying, “You all go ahead and boo me, but I’m gonna keep on winning.”
Now 7-0, Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal is the new Strikeforce light heavyweight champion.