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King Mo Slated to Return August in Houston; Currently Training James Toney

("Yeah…long white hair. Like Saruman. That’s what I’mma do." / Photo courtesy of Sherdog.)

According to a recent report on, Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal has been offered a slot on a yet-unannounced Strikeforce card in Houston on August 21st. Though he was born in Tennessee, went to college in Oklahoma, and does most of his training in California, Lawal considers himself a Texan by heart. No opponents for Mo have been rumored at this point, and few legitimate challengers to his belt spring to mind; Scott Coker may even want 205-pound standout Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante to defeat Mike Kyle in a rematch before giving him a title shot. We’ll update you when we know more.

In the meantime, Lawal is keeping busy by helping James Toney prepare for his UFC debut. Seriously:

Boxing legend James "Lights Out" Toney and Strikeforce light heavyweight champion King Mo Lawal both confirmed that they will be working together as Toney prepares for his MMA debut against UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture. The two already got some work in this weekend and will continue to train together as the fight gets closer. Both men are looking at the opportunity as a win-win situation for both parties. Lawal, being a decorated wrestler, can assist Toney in that department while at the same time improve his own striking skills by learning from one of the most accomplished boxers in the history of the sport.

Has Toney finally realized that he’ll need more than Juanito Ibarra’s guidance to survive in a cage with Randy Couture? Whose over-the-top trash talk game will benefit more from the Toney/Mo partnership? And how badly will you shit yourself when Lights Out defeats the Natural via three rounds of top-control?

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Zee German- June 9, 2010 at 12:57 am
Best caption ever. I laughed so loud.
Almost North- June 8, 2010 at 1:29 pm
I read that caption and thought saruman was some sort of Japanese fighter I didn't know about.
X- June 8, 2010 at 1:06 pm
Randy is going to take this fight back to the plantation days....he is going to hit mumbles so much, toney is going to be able to speak clearly afterward.....
Debacle- June 8, 2010 at 1:01 pm
You cant really sprawl greco.
2DaDeath- June 8, 2010 at 12:47 pm
It doesn't seem like Toney has enough time to improve his wrestling by August. What he needs is a montage! "You're the best. Arroouund!!!"
Joedirt- June 8, 2010 at 12:26 pm
Randy is an accomplished wrestler with a long experienced background. The only thing that will help Toney is SPRAWL.... there is NO way he can get any form of wrestling up to par with Randy. Sprawl and strike... that's all he's got.

But for the record... I would shit myself inside out.
hjdevnull- June 8, 2010 at 12:11 pm
Yeah, let me get this straight. Mo, one of the more intelligent, studious, and hard-working fighters currently in the game, is training with Toney, someone who doesn't seem very interested in the ground game at all. And you believe there's an equal amount of stand-up vs ground training going? Really?

El Guapo- June 8, 2010 at 11:32 am
Yeeaahhhhh, but King Mo's wrestling is explosive. He has good technique, yes, but his takedowns are mostly based on raw athleticism..

Mumbles is as explosive as a wet noodle. You do the math. His boxing is top notch, of course, but to think he's gonna be even remotely succesful at wrestling would be dum-du-dum-dumb.
Mr_Misanthropy- June 8, 2010 at 10:34 am

I like to rhyme, I like my beats funky,
I'm spunky. I like my oatmeal lumpy.
I'm sick wit dis, straight gangsta mack
but sometimes I get ridiculous
I'll eat up all your crackers and your licorice
hey yo fat girl, c'mere--are ya ticklish?

Black people, do the Humpty Hump, do the Humpty Hump
White people, do the Humpty Hump, do the Humpty Hump
Puerto Ricans, do the Humpty Hump, just keep on doin' the hump
Samoans, do the Humpty Hump, do the Humpty Hump
Let's get stoopid!
VisitingDeadAncestors- June 8, 2010 at 10:06 am
holy shit! best caption EVER!!!

LOTR reference, ftw.
hotsaucemonster- June 8, 2010 at 9:03 am
"mirror mirror in my hand make strikeforce send me another can".
PortlandMMA- June 8, 2010 at 8:38 am
I'm not so sure how much James Toney can help King Mo, in the striking department considering Toney has to learn MMA footwork.
Viva Hate- June 8, 2010 at 8:37 am
We all know what this means, James Toney and his bitches in Boston! Word son!
El Famous Burrito- June 8, 2010 at 8:18 am
My own stools, Sir, are gigantic and have no more odor than a hot biscuit.

Get Off Me- June 8, 2010 at 8:06 am
If Toney pulls a King Mo against Couture and Couture fights like Mousasi....Couture will get the decision win.
Derekrva- June 8, 2010 at 7:58 am
Sounds like a great idea to me. Toney is still doomed, but Mo will help him survive a little longer than expected. Its a better partnership for Mo in the long run.
Cindy- June 8, 2010 at 7:51 am
Jim Harbaugh Scramble- June 8, 2010 at 7:49 am
And how badly will you shit yourself when Lights Out defeats the Natural via three rounds of top-control?

LOL, good stuff.

I'd better pick up some depends for the fight, just in case this turns out to be like Shamrock/Severn.

Good to see Toney actually giving a damn and training for Couture.
ReX13- June 8, 2010 at 7:42 am
I would shit myself so badly that there would be no hope of cleanup. I'd just go ahead and tell the wife it's time to move.
frndlylion- June 8, 2010 at 7:38 am
I really hope this means that Toney is taking this seriously. I'm still scared of his side check kick ...