Underrated: Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal
By Edward Carbajal
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Muhammed Lawal (19-5), best known as “King Mo” to MMA fans is probably the most active competitor in MMA. Not to take anything away from Donald Cerrone in the UFC who is willing to take fights on less than a few days’ notice. Lawal has fought in matches and tournaments with little time being out of competition in between fights. In 2015, not only did he fight in Bellator’s one night light heavyweight tournament, but he is a former StrikeForce Light Heavyweight Champion and also fought through and won the inaugural RIZIN Fighting Federation’s first heavyweight grand prix tournament in Japan.
He seems to get a bad rap for speaking his mind when it comes to how fighters were being marketed at Bellator at one point, but he was not really wrong. He has been circling the light heavyweight title at Bellator coming close at DYNAMITE 1 when he made it through the opening round only to be unable to continue due to injury.
2016 has been a quiet year in comparison but do not expect Lawal to sit for too long. Recently, former UFC heavyweight contender, Shane Carwin (12-2) expressed returning to MMA and Lawal expressed interest in welcoming him back. Lawal told MMA Fighting, that he would not mind fighting Carwin if he is serious about coming back. The landscape of MMA and fight purses has increased drastically since the UFC’s 4 billion dollar sale and marketable fights are likely to pay more than they did a few years ago.
If Carwin answers the call we could see him in Bellator soon, if not there is someone else looking to bring his own thunder into Bellator. Lawal did say “anybody that’s available”, would a fight welcoming back Chael Sonnen be something fans want to see? Perhaps, it looks likely Tito Ortiz (18-12) will be Sonnen’s first dance partner though.
Fighters that are as competitive as Lawal deserve to make larger purses and not only did he compete in two MMA tournaments last year; he is an active wrestler that never really takes any time off from combat sports. "King Mo" should get some time to shine in what is probably the best time in the sport of mixed martial arts.
Edward Carbajal is a contributing writer for MMA at Page2sports.com and Frontproof Media. You can follow Edward on Twitter @Carbazel or at his website TheBlogBoardJungle.com. Check out his podcast on Spreaker.