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Exclusive: ‘King Mo’ Talks Injury, Staph Infection Scare and Clears Up the Rumors About His Supposed Financial Troubles

By Crooklyn

(C’mon, son.You don’t watch Breaking Bad or SOA?)

Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal — avid Twitterer, occasional forum poster and all around social media force, has been noticeably absent from the ever-probing eye of the MMA world. Recently, it came to light that Lawal had some life threatening health concerns, and had been in the hospital for an extended period of time. A call to action has been issued on his behalf via concerned fans on various forums and Twitter. Prayer groups, emergency PayPal funding and several other good intentions have been proposed as possibilities for fans to render their own brand of help and good will. In an exclusive interview yesterday that will put your worried minds at ease, Mo gave us the 411 on his injuries, current health and financial status, and even an update of what shows he’s currently watching.

The Secret

“My health is good, but here’s the thing: All this stuff that came out [on Twitter], happened like three weeks ago. I had an ACL replacement again, but that wasn’t a big deal. I think what got me was the micro-fracture surgery. The micro-fractures got infected with staph, and I ended up in the hospital for about 12 days. I didn’t want people to know I was in the hospital, so if people texted me, I didn’t tell them. I was in pain and damned near dying. They gave me morphine. It was crazy. I was trying to keep it normal, and get back to the people that were texting me, telling them that I was ok, so that it wouldn’t get out that I was in the hospital.”


“I was in the hospital for 12 days and I had five procedures to remove the staph infection from my knee. I didn’t even know there was anything wrong until I came back from Brazil, and my knee was swollen. I couldn’t flex my leg or bend it. That’s when I started doing this rehab stuff after taking the S-Mass Lean Gainer, because that was like my rehab supplement. It’s supposed to be like NO-explode. So I was taking that for a week, and I was like ‘Man, it’s not working.’ My knee was still swollen, and I couldn’t flex my leg. I went to the [orthopedic surgeon] and got my knee drained and got the ‘rooster cartilage’ [orthovisc] injected in. I went for an MRI and [the doctor] told me that my cartilage looked very unstable and that I had torn my ACL. The funny thing is, he said I could have torn it a long time ago, because when he drained my knee, there was no blood there. He told me my ACL was torn and I was gonna need a new one. After the fight, I had the surgery. A week passed, I was doing rehab a little ahead of schedule, and all the sudden my leg started feeling hot and I had these two golf ball-sized welts on my knee.”

Five Procedures and a PICC Line

“It was the day of the Evans/Davis fight. I called the doctor and told him my leg was hot and I had these golf ball lumps on my knee, so he says ‘Come to the office and we’ll check it out.’ He drained my knee, and the blood was like Ghostbusters ectoplasm. It was thick and gooey. He took the blood to the lab, and I went home to watch the fights. Right after Sonnen-Bisping, I got a phone call. ‘Mo, meet me at the hospital now.’ He said ‘We have to take you under right now to clean out the infection in your knee.’ So they took me to surgery and cleaned it out. I wake up, and I have a PICC line in my arm that’s attached to my heart. I didn’t think it was that bad and that I was gonna leave Sunday. The doctor said he was keeping me until Monday. Monday comes, and my temperature shot up to 103 or 104, and my knee was still swollen. They took me back into surgery and cleaned it out again. He did the same procedures every other day, depending on how it looked and how my temperature was.”


“I felt like, because I’m a fighter, I should be tough. I’ve been through a lot, but when I look back, this is the worst I’ve ever been through. I wouldn’t wish this on nobody. This infection definitely was worse than the one on my face or the one on my elbow. My doctor said that he wanted to take cultures of my skin because I carry more staph than the average person. He said that people that engage in combat sports tend to carry more staph on their skin. It just remains dormant. The bad thing is, once you get a staph infection, it stays in your blood and remains dormant until it finds a weak spot and it jumps in there. It’s an opportunistic infection. It was scary but I didn’t want to tell nobody, because I wasn’t trying to get sympathy. I didn’t want people worrying about me.”

Financial Status

“ZUFFA has no responsibility on this, but it’s all taken care of. The hundreds of thousands of dollars that I’m supposedly in debt are all bogus. People assume that I didn’t have a plan when it comes to injuries, and that I’d be in debt. All that is bogus. I’m not in debt. The UFC, their insurance is good, especially if you get hurt during training camp, but this injury occurred before the 18 month period was up. They had no responsibility to handle this. It was all on me, but it’s already taken care of. I’m not under any financial hardship. I can still pay rent, still go eat at McDonald’s, still go buy Pepsi, still chill and relax, watch ‘The Walking Dead.’ I got cable still. The moment I get rid of my cable is when I’m in trouble, and I’m not ever getting rid of cable.”

When asked what shows he’s currently watching , Mo listed The Walking Dead, Eastbound & Down, and American Dad as the three he’s currently consumed with. He indicates that he plans on making his return to Twitter sometime this week, so all of you who have been missing his music video tweets and fight chat, have something to look forward to.

Follow Mo via his Twitter @KingMoFH

Check out the audio for this interview HERE.

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intercept440- February 22, 2012 at 9:26 pm
i have a relatively small satellite bill. even with a ufc ppv once a month i pay about 90 bucks (least till the one year discount rate is up). on the bright side though i single handedly keep miller lite stocked on the shelves of my local gas station...if i quit drinking i could afford a corvette....but drinking is funner than wrapping yourself around a pole in a fast car.Healthier too
bootystar- February 22, 2012 at 10:53 am
now here's some mo for ya boyee, James Smith spittting off your lips
bootystar- February 22, 2012 at 10:51 am
maybe if Mo were ahip hop singer dana would have his lyrics in his mouth
Fried Taco- February 21, 2012 at 1:23 pm
Oops! Should have been Charity, with a capital C, my favorite stripper. damn edit button, where is it?
Fried Taco- February 21, 2012 at 1:22 pm
I get it all for free. So I donate to charity instead.
The12ozCurls- February 21, 2012 at 12:48 pm
My cable bill was around $425.00 last month - I get all the UFC PPVs and I buy a boat load of porno every month.
Kid Clam Curtains- February 21, 2012 at 12:00 pm
I also have the NFL Sunday Ticket and order damn near every UFC PPV (unless I'm out of town). That will make your bill skyrocket.
superdude- February 21, 2012 at 11:39 am
@Kid Clam Curtains
Damn son, I thought my 115 a month was alot. Its more during NFL season. Sucks but at least I have Fuel.
Kid Clam Curtains- February 21, 2012 at 11:36 am
But how's your son's double leg?
mixed martial farts- February 21, 2012 at 11:33 am
My 3 yr old son was in the hospital and pretty much had the same stuff done...morphine, picc line, drains, etc. He is 3. King Mo needs to man up.
Kid Clam Curtains- February 21, 2012 at 10:59 am
Jesus Christ. My Directv bill is over $300. That's without internet. Luckily I split my bill with somebody who piggybacks off my account.
Sloppyspray- February 21, 2012 at 10:46 am
LOL at him thinking S-Mass gainer is supposed to be like NO-Explode. No wonder why he got busted for roids, he has no idea what he's putting in his body. He clearly hasn't done any research into what supplements he takes, and someone must be feeding him horribly incorrect information/advice. I can just hear his buddy at the gym now "Nah man, S-Mass gainer is just like N.O.Xplode. Same shit basically. It's cool."
@ Swick-a-tine - You're lucky, my Comcast bill is 120 a month for cable and internet. Last month I ordered UFC and it was 180...
Ricardo Guitardo- February 21, 2012 at 10:42 am
I thought I had a staff infection turned out to be my mother in law.
Kid Clam Curtains- February 21, 2012 at 10:30 am
Sounds like he had a Joint of Staph, Chief.
Swick-a-tine- February 21, 2012 at 10:25 am
my directv bill was like 85 dollars last month...even I'm thinking about firing directv! Bastardos
frndlylion- February 21, 2012 at 10:15 am
I'm not particularly a fan of King Mo but, I wouldnt wish this kind of problem even on a fighter I hated. This is definitely more evidence for why these guys need top notch medical care. He could have lost his leg and that would have ended his career and changed his life dramatically. Nice to hear he is recovering and going to be OK.
Fried Taco- February 21, 2012 at 10:12 am
Staph is not impressed with your steroids.