by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
It looks like the king will get the chance to add a new jewel to his crown in April.
Charismatic fighter Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal has signed on to fight for the Strikeforce light heavyweight title when he faces champion Gegard Mousasi on April 17 at the promotion’s next major CBS card.
The fight was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the situation on Monday.
Since debuting in 2008, King Mo has taken the sport of MMA by storm, proclaiming he was destined for greatness and that he was happy to prove it against any and all comers. After dispatching of veterans like Travis Wiuff and Mike Whitehead, it looks like Lawal will now try to prove he’s championship material.
Rapidly rising up the ranks as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the sport, Gegard Mousasi has made everyone take notice of his considerable skills and technique as he’s gone undefeated for almost three years.
After conquering the middleweight division in Dream, Mousasi decided to move up to light heavyweight. Since that time he’s beaten all of his opponents, including fighters like Renato “Babalu” Sobral and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou.
Recently leaving his management team of M-1, Mousasi is ready to once again prove he belongs with the best fighters in the world, and try to take some of the swagger out of the step of the always confident Lawal.
The bout between Mousasi and Lawal will serve as co-main event for the upcoming Strikeforce show in April, headlined by middleweight champ Jake Shields defending his title against Dan Henderson. MMAWeekly.com will have more news on this event in the coming days.