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King Mo: ‘Put it like this….It’s a type of pimple!!!’

King MoStrikeforce light heavyweight, Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal is scheduled to make his debut for the promotion on December 19 at the HP Pavillion in San Jose CA. An opponent for Lawal has been a bit of a mystery, squeezing any information out of the fighter or his camp has been next to impossible, tonight all of that changed.

From Lawal’s twitter account:

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King Mo vs….Put it like this….Its a type of pimple!!! Ima bust it tho!!!

With that bit of information it would appear that Mike Whitehead would be the likely opponent. Whitehead is coming off a victory over Kevin Randleman, and is 15-1 in his last 16 fights. Lawal who is 5-0 as a professional is coming off a victory over Mark Kerr.

11 COMMENTS
  • fanoftna33 says:

    This will be a great test for King Mo, Whitehead has very good wrestling and a solid chin, so I think SF just put another geat fight together for us.

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Looking forward to this guy showing his skills against whatever acne or skin blemish they choose to put in front of him. I hope it is a good opponent and not a can to try and convince us he is the next champion or whatever.

  • Jak says:

    I don’t like Whiteheads fights, never have. But i don’t mind this one. If King Mo rolls through him than he can take a huge step forward. If he has troubles than we don’t need to throw him to the lions just yet and he can get a few more fights in before being a considered a contender.

    This card looks decent, regardless of why Cung Le gave up his belt and instead wanted to fight Scott Smith… i’m okay with that, should be some solid fights.

  • Rich S. says:

    Wow, I didn’t realize Whitehead was 15-1 for his last 16, that’s crazy..

    Still, King Mo is a monster..

    -Mo via TKO late r2/early r3..

  • BigDave says:

    This is a very small step up. Whitehead is beating guys that are either way past there prime or guy you have never heard of. The combined record of the guys he has beat in his last 16 fights is 144-150-8. His 1 loss was to Babalu at affliction banned by unanimous decision. So againg Mo is not really being tested and should he loss to Whitehead then he will fade away back to japan and be the next bob sapp but smaller.

  • Kuch says:

    King Mo will have this one wrapped up in the first round. Whitehead is extremely overrated and never reached the potential he showed in training.

  • Jak says:

    Rich S.: Wow, I didn’t realize Whitehead was 15-1 for his last 16, that’s crazy..

    Yeah, but the wins aren’t against good competition. The first time he stepped up was against Sobral and the fight sucked and he lost.

  • manny says:

    He’ll be adding good depth to the 205 lb LW division for SF. Once they annouce Hendo signed, it will be a great division. Mousassi, hendo, Mo, sokudjo, babalu,

  • ByronGiant says:

    How the UFC didn’t snap this guy up is almost beyond reckoning. Then again… Sokoudjou.

  • Ray Pist says:

    What makes King Mo so appealing, he sold in Japan and he’s starting to sell here in North America.
    Is it his stellar record filled with top name athletes he’s disposed of?
    Well not really, there isn’t anyone all that notable on his record, his best win was in his very first fight, which was against Travis Wiuff. Some would argue that Mark Kerr was his biggest name and toughest challenge, and I would agree had the bout taken place in 1999, not 2009.

    Is it his flashy entrances, where he comes out like a King…ala the nickname….King Mo?
    Possibly….but this is more so a selling feature in Japan, where showmanship is just as important as actually winning the fight. We have seen great entrances from Akihiro Gono and more recently Jason “Mayhem” Miller, but that hasn’t necessarily garnered them “star” status here in the western hemisphere.

    Is it his wrestling background?

    Well his Wrestling Background is extremely impressive
    * 2008 U.S. Senior National Championships: 1st Place
    * 2008 Golden Grand Prix International: 2nd Place
    * 2007 U.S. Senior National Championships: 1st Place
    * 2007 Golden Grand Prix International Open: 1st Place
    * 2005 U.S. Senior National Championships: 1st Place
    * 2005 U.S. World Team Trials: 1st Place
    * 2005 World Wrestling Championships: 7th Place
    * 2003 NCAA Division I National Championships: 3rd Place
    * 2003 NCAA Division I Big 12 Champion
    * 2002 NCAA Division II National Championships: 1st Place
    * 2001 NCAA Division II National Championships: 2nd Place

    but this doesn’t necessarily transcend into instant stardom as many people for starters don’t follow wrestling and don’t know this, and secondly many perceive a wrestler to be a “lay and pray” fighter…or essentially boring.

    What Makes “King Mo” such a rising star is a combination of all the above. He is undefeated, has a world class wrestling base…but wait…all but one of his wins were by TKO…so he uses his wrestling to keep it standing or he delivers very brutal GnP. This right away get’s the American audience interested, as everyone around here loves a good knockout.
    His entrances are more memorable when you see the punishment he can deliver, for if you come out like he does and lose your that idiot who put more thought into his entrance than his fight….if you win..well you backed it up and most in our culture don’t mind a little cockiness if you can back it up…just look at Ali.
    His record, his persona, the way he wins fights, all these make him a promoter’s dream. And when you give a guy like that to the right Promoter…well the fan’s are going to hear about it, and I think Scott Coker is going to show us that Dana isn’t the only guy who can hype a fighter. Best part is…Mo is going to do his part to hype himself…look how well he is known already considering he hasn’t ever fought for a major American promoter. Part of the reason is he seems pretty laid back, funny, and easy to interview, and always makes for a good interview…which get’s him interviewed…which let’s us read about it!
    Lastly his age plays into the equation, at only 28 years of age, “King Mo” should have plenty of fight left in him, and if he keeps taking gradual steps in competition, he can use his athletic ability to keep learning the game and possibly become one of the top fighters in the sport.

    Where would I Like to see King Mo Go…well I think Whitehead is a perfect fight if he wins, put him in against Soudojou…if he wins, give him Babalu…if he win’s…well then Mousasi. If Henderson does sign with SF, then put him into the equation either before or after Mousasi, depending on how their fight played out!

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    * 2008 U.S. Senior National Championships: 1st Place
    * 2008 Golden Grand Prix International: 2nd Place
    * 2007 U.S. Senior National Championships: 1st Place
    * 2007 Golden Grand Prix International Open: 1st Place
    * 2005 U.S. Senior National Championships: 1st Place
    * 2005 U.S. World Team Trials: 1st Place
    * 2005 World Wrestling Championships: 7th Place
    * 2003 NCAA Division I National Championships: 3rd Place
    * 2003 NCAA Division I Big 12 Champion
    * 2002 NCAA Division II National Championships: 1st Place
    * 2001 NCAA Division II National Championships: 2nd Place

    Wow. He can wrestle. Randy, Lesnar, Koscheck, Carwin, Evans, Valasquez, Randleman, Coleman, Kerr, Fryre, Hendo, Lindland etc show us that it is a great skill set to start from.

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