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King Mo Set to Make First Title Defense August 21 Against Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante

("Fay-jeow?! I said I wanted to fight Fay-dor.")

Further proving our theory that Scott Coker and co. are just throwing darts at their roster lists to come up with match-ups, Fiveouncesofpain is reporting that recently crowned Strikeforce light heavyweight champ Muhammad Lawal (7-0) will take on Rafael Cavalcante (9-2) August 21 in Houston, Texas.

2-1 in his last three outings, Cavalcante, who suffered the second loss of his career in the form of a TKO at the hands of controversial journeyman Mike Kyle in his Strikeforce debut last June, hasn’t exactly been running through top-tier competition. His last five wins have come opposite Antwain Britt (11-4), Aaron Rosa (13-3), Travis Galbraith (18-7), Wayne Cole (16-16) and John Doyle (10-14) — none of whom could be considered a contender.

The problem is, Strikeforce doesn’t have anyone else to face Mo.

Dan Henderson, who recently said he will likely stay at 205 for the foreseeable future is a former teammate of Lawal’s, eliminating him from consideration for the bout. Renato Sobral who last month stated that he was dropping down to 185 and looked great at that weight in his win over Robbie Lawler is a current King Mo’ training partner and good friend of the champ. Both fighters have said that they have no desire to face each other, despite Coker’s insistence. 

Really, if you look at the promotion’s shallow 205-pound talent pool, there aren’t many other options, unless they bring Gegard Mousasi (28-3-1) back for an immediate rematch, which might shoot them in the foot if he pulls an Alistair Overeem and doesn’t defend the belt for an extended period of time.

Roger Gracie (2-0) is likely being groomed for a title shot if he can remain active for an extended period of time and string together a few more wins in the promotion, but in terms of title contenders to the belt that Bobby Southworth held for nearly two years before it was passed between Babalu, Mousasi and Mo in a span of 245 days, there are no immediate suitable candidates.

On the bright side, at least we’ll finally have the opportunity to hear Gus Johnson overuse and over-annunciate both "Feijao" and "King Mo" during the same bout.


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Under Banga- July 1, 2010 at 7:11 pm
Man give me the "voice" over all MMA commentators exept Bas.Goldberg hasn`t evolved since UFC 30 sumfin, It still amazes me how fucking niave and inept he comes across . And I find Rogan to be a patronising fucken wanker, who also has failed to evolve with the rest of the human race. Phew! Feels better to get that out.
Jim Harbaugh Scramble- July 1, 2010 at 4:35 pm
Seriously, Jardine is more credible than Feijao.

Let me jump on the strikeforce matchmaking is a fucking joke bandwagon.

King Mo's pierced nipples are embarrassing.
bicker- July 1, 2010 at 2:55 pm
Man, screw all y'all. Michael Schiavello's commentary makes shows entertaining.
MediumRare- July 1, 2010 at 1:39 pm
I know they have limited options but their matchmaking is fucking embarassing.
Lysol- July 1, 2010 at 12:37 pm
Sign Paulo Filho. Sign Keith Jardine. Then look for some contenders to fight King Mo.
BrutusBox- July 1, 2010 at 12:15 pm
in a video i saw earlier today, tito ortiz said something about trying to go to strikeforce, i think he is just the caliber of fighter strikeforce is always looking for, haha
DazedNConfused- July 1, 2010 at 12:06 pm
Jardine v. King Mo is definitely intruiging. I personally think King Mo is over-rated as shit. He gassed hard vs Mousasi and overall that was a shitty performance by both of the fighters. Other than that fight the best guy he fought was Whitehead.

I don't know how the guy then has the nerves to say he would beat Fedor? his arms were so open for arm-bars and submissions during that Mousasi fight that I was jumping up and down yelling for Gegard to grab at it. Any decent Heavyweight would kill Mo.

As for the light heavy's, Strikeforce is really hurting, and grabbing Keith Jardine would be awesome. I think he could probably beat Mo. And yes that would have Dana shitting his pants while laughing.
BrutusBox- July 1, 2010 at 12:02 pm
King Mo, Fedor, Bobby Lashley, and Batista in a royal rumble, the winner takes on Hershel Walker, it is the only rational option.
Get Off Me- July 1, 2010 at 11:37 am
Excluding the broadcast team...Strikeforce puts on good fights in my opinion.
King Mo will probably get through Feijao and he should have his re-match with Mousasi. Feijao could come out and shock King Mo just like King Mo shocked Mousasi...It is possible that this fight may be entertaining, the last Strikeforce card was pretty memorable and had good fights.

Almost North- July 1, 2010 at 11:13 am
@Charming Charlie

Leben recently sent Southworth a mocking text message bragging about still being in the UFC and getting to fight Sexyama which ended with the line 'who is a fatherless bastard now?'

Then Leben started crying.
Ballkick- July 1, 2010 at 10:53 am
Thu, 07/01/2010 - 11:10
I reallt dont like this guy and his attitude. and i dont like brussel sprouts either.

I find Brussel Sprouts more palatable than Muhammed Lawal.

Against a quality, pick your shots striker King Blow will get ko'd.....It will happen...and I hope I'm eating Brussel sprouts during the fight.
Charming Charlie- July 1, 2010 at 10:51 am
Wait wait wait, for two years the light heavyweight champion was BOBBY SOUTHWORTH?! As in, the guy who lost on TUF season 1 while calling Leben a fatherless bastard, then tried out for TUF season 11?
Almost North- July 1, 2010 at 10:30 am
Another ridiculous move from clown headquarters. I have watched every MMA fight I could get my hands on for about 5 years now and I am seriously considering not wasting my time with them anymore. At this point the KOTC championships have more validity.

If Bellator doesn't buy out Strikeforce within a year, fire the commentators and put all the fighters in mandatory tournaments where you get cut if you lose in the first match, there is nothing good in this world.
FowlBeast- July 1, 2010 at 10:23 am

Completely agree! I finally hate someone more than Michael Schiavello. Good night Irene!!
PortlandMMA- July 1, 2010 at 10:13 am
Mike Kyle is such a stand up guy.
BONGTAR- July 1, 2010 at 10:10 am
King Mo has homosexual tendancies. And he talks like he's about to stutter on every word but manges not to. i reallt dont like this guy and his attitude. and i dont like brussel sprouts either.
fACE7biter- July 1, 2010 at 10:08 am
I never noticed before that King Mo has nipple rings. I didn't think I cuold hate that one dimensional, ignorant, unfunny, walking stereotypical cancer of MMA anymore than I already did. But I was wrong. He doesn't deserve to fight Fedor.
jgrant- July 1, 2010 at 10:05 am
Let's assume King Mo defends his title, crown, and throne and just move on.
El Famous Burrito- July 1, 2010 at 10:02 am
Man, that's harsh, shitbag. (I always enjoy using the name shitbag where I can)

I was thinking more of Mauro Renallo getting his hand slammed in a car door. Then, when he yanks it out, he accidently elbows Frank Shamrock in the face, causing his lips to get cut on his braces. While Mauro and Frank writhe in pain holding their hand and face, Gus makes a dumb comment about how "sometimes these things happen" and they both punch him in the side of the head.

It's a comical scene in my mind, with zany sound effects and Bas Rutten laughing at the whole thing.
shitbag- July 1, 2010 at 9:46 am
Imagine if Gus Johnson and the whole strikeforce annoucing crew died in a firey plane crash (while Pat Militech was safe, of course). Wouldn't that be grand?
Mike Russell- July 1, 2010 at 9:40 am
Imagine Jardine coming in and winning the SF title. That would spell Strikeforce's doom and give Dana White a permanent smile.Maybe that's part of the UFC's plan...
blackboxmma- July 1, 2010 at 9:37 am
the dean of mean should be next for a title shot