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Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal set to return at Sengoku 7

Former NCAA Division II wrestling champion Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal is set to return to action during World Victory Road’sSengoku no Ran 2009” event on January 4 in Japan.

According to the promotion’s website, Lawal is set to face Yukiya Naito, a veteran of K-1, DEEP, and Pancrase who also sports a record of 15-4-2.

Lawal, who had been an Olympic hopeful in freestyle wrestling for the 2008 Beijing games before being upset during the U.S. trials, made his MMA debut in spectacular fashion at Sengoku 5 in September. Facing UFC and PRIDE veteran Travis Wiuff, Lawal was victorious following a first round TKO.

The former Team Quest trained fighter then returned at Sengoku 6 in November, where he recorded a third round TKO over Fabio Silva, improving his pro MMA record to 2-0.

As of now, “Sengoku no Ran 2009” is set to be an 11-bout show with the following matchups scheduled:

  • Takanori Gomi vs. Satoru Kitaoka for the vacant Sengoku lightweight title
  • Kazuo Misaki vs. Jorge Santiago for the vacant Sengoku middleweight title
  • Yoshihiro Nakao vs. Antonio Silva
  • Sanae Kikuta vs. Hidehiko Yoshida
  • Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal vs. Yukiya Naito
  • Sergey Golyaev vs. Eiji Mitsuoka
  • Mu Bae Choi vs. Dave Herman
  • Maximo Blanco vs. Seigo Inoue
  • Hidetada Irie vs. Minoru Kato
  • James Thompson vs. TBA
  • Roger Gracie vs. TBA
  • Robert says:

    This event is shaping up to be the best Sengoku card yet. I am interested in seeing Gomi respond with a good performance after his decision loss ( in which he was robbed) and I’m always up for a James Thompson appearance.

  • HexRei says:

    I’m really excited about this card! Several heavyweights that the UFC doesn’t seem to want but I think have tons of potential. Also excited to see Gomi in action again and I’m excited to see if King Mo will look as good against younger and stronger opponents.


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