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Slated for Strikeforce’s Jan. 7 Event, ‘King Mo’ Not UFC-Bound Yet


(“How much will you gimme fo this crown? What about if I throw in the gloves?.” PicProps: Sherdog)

TATAME recently caught up with Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal while he was in Belem, Brazil helping former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida prepare for his upcoming UFC 140 championship bout with Jon Jones and according to the former Strikeforce 205-pound champ, he still has at least one fight scheduled under the SF banner.

If he could choose his opponent for the card, he says it would be the man who handed him his sole loss.

“I wanna fight [Rafael 'Feijao' Cavalcante] again because now I’m healthier. Before, when I fought him I had no meniscus, I had no stability on my knees. I fought him, I was winning, he caught me with a knee, and then that’s it, and elbows. But now, I’m ready,” Mo says. “[I'd fight him] he same. Because now I’m not injured, I can use both legs. Last time, only one leg. This time, two legs.Hopefully [I'm fighting him in January]. I heard he’s hurt, but we’ll see.”

As far as his future with Strikeforce goes, Lawal says he isn’t wasting time thinking about all of the “what ifs,” because as he puts it, whatever happens is going to happen and worrying won’t do anything to change it.

“I don’t know [whats going to happen]. It’s confusing because no one knows what’s going on. I don’t know what is going on, so I’m just gonna say I just wanna fight,” he explains. “Give me fights and I don’t worry about this.”

There are rumors that Strikeforce is very close to coming to terms with Showtime, but they haven’t been confirmed. Judging by the fact that Forza — the Fertitta-owned parent company of Strikeforce — has signed new contracts as recently as this week, it looks like the promotion is planning to stick around for at least a few more months. The organization’s moratorium could come soon after the heavyweight grand prix wraps up whenever finalist Daniel Cormier’s broken hand heals up enough for him to face Josh Barnett to close out the tournament.

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Todd M- December 2, 2011 at 9:07 pm
^ Also @ Myklhoey, I wouldn't mind seeing the fight in a carpark, just so I could watch The Queen get Royally gutter stomped.
Todd M- December 2, 2011 at 9:06 pm
@ Sodak, he may be a great wrestler but he is not at Rampages level and has not earned a fight with him yet, hell he hasn't even earned a spot in the UFC yet. I see your point about them both being stars in Japan and the beef will help sell the fight, its just that Mo hasn't done anything since he lost his title, he looked awful against Hoger even if he did get the KO. For the record I think that Bader shouldn't have got the fight with Rampage either, they could have gone with Shogun or even Bonnar.
Fried Taco- December 2, 2011 at 7:25 am
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Sodak- December 1, 2011 at 9:39 pm
Hell yeah i'm serious, page just lost, they both fought in japan before, i remember seeing a video years ago where they almost got in a fight in a van and wanted to see them fight then. Mos one of the best wrestlers in the sport how is he any less deserving than Bader?
myklhoey- December 1, 2011 at 7:54 pm
here here todd, thats a good point but id be lyin if i said i didnt wanna see it
bro i was a huge rampage fan but his last 4 fites he lost me kinda
Todd M- December 1, 2011 at 7:04 pm
^ Dude you are being sarcastic right, Just because Queen Mo mentions Rampage does not mean he is capable or deserving of fighting him in a cage, you get XENO's coveted D- today my friend.
Sodak- December 1, 2011 at 6:55 pm
Rampage should be fighting Mo in Japan not Bader. Come on Zuffa? there both known in japan they have beef, get your shit together. I'm no joe Silva but that ones a no brainer.
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