Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal may soon get his own ‘ground and pound’ nickname after battering and eventually knockout out previously undefeated Lorenz Larkin with a slew of hard and heavy punches to finish their fight in Strikeforce.
Coming from Oklahoma State’s wrestling program, it’s no secret that Lawal had the chops to put Larkin on his back, but his real domination started once the fight was on the canvas.
Lawal peppered away at Larkin’s head and body throughout the first round, as the striker simply could not find any way to get back to his feet.
As the second round started, Larkin tried to land a bomb while Lawal again looked for the takedown, but it was a futile effort because a few seconds later he was on his back again.
It was there that Lawal unloaded with an absolutely, unrelenting attack of right hands that started to slip through Larkin’s defense. With each punch, Larkin started to defend less and less, and Lawal just punished him with shots.
One final punch landed and Larkin went limp and referee Kim Winslow mercifully stopped the fight. Lawal seemed perturbed after the fight that maybe it went on too long, but after a brief conversation with Winslow, he agreed with the referee’s decision.
“She explained to me that she wants to give us a fair chance to keep on continuing, and I respect that,” Lawal said. “Cause if that was me, I’d rather be put to sleep than her jump in and me still be awake.”
Now with back to back wins in devastating fashion, it would appear Lawal is on the verge of possibly fighting for a title he once held. Fights are out there with Gegard Mousasi or Rafael ‘Feijao’ Cavalcante, both of which Lawal has faced in the past.
It doesn’t matter much to the King, he just knows whoever it is, they’re going to be hurting.
“That’s the next stop,” Lawal commented about getting a title shot. “Next person is taking a beating like this too.”