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Mo Lawal out for nine months after injuring ligaments in knee

Former Strikeforce light heavyweight title-holder Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal will be sidelined for up to nine months after damaging his left knee’s ACL and PCL in last weekend’s “Strikeforce – Houston” bout against newly crowned champion Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante. Lawal is slated to undergo surgery next week to replace both ligaments. The upcoming medical procedure will actually be the second time Lawal’s ACL has been worked on, as he also apparently tore it in March of last year during his run in Japan’s Sengoku promotion.

News of the unfortunate injury came via Lawal’s manager and was first-reported by Sherdog.

Lawal won his first seven fights before falling via TKO in the third round of last Saturday’s bout against Cavalcante. He holds notable victories in his career against the highly touted Gegard Mousasi and always-tough veterans Mike Whitehead and Travis Wiuff.

24 COMMENTS
  • GIKE MOLDBERG says:

    Heal up Mo and cut out all that “hot doggin”-you have a lot of potential

  • Dufresne says:

    Wonder when in the fight this happened? Did it happen when he was knocked down at the end, or did it happen when he was going for a takedown early on? If he busted his knee early in the fight it may help explain why he seemingly abandoned his wrestling.

    Still doesn’t explain why he kept his hands down and his chin up though…

  • GIKE MOLDBERG says:

    Maybe it happened before the fight

  • Rece Rock says:

    9 months…wow sucks for him, SF may be out of business by then?!

    In other SF news M-1 has said Fedors last fight on the contract will be against Werdum and werdum only… They do plan on having Fedor fight in another promotion either December or January in japan or russia…then they had to throw in it was UFCs fault that he can’t fight Brock in a joint venture…blah blah blah.

    God Coker must look back at the day they signed the co promotional deal and say what was I thinking…fucking scum bags.

  • Dufresne says:

    then they had to throw in it was UFCs fault that he can’t fight Brock in a joint venture…blah blah blah.

    Well technically, it is UFC’s fault for not doing a joint venture. But as far back as I can remember it’s always been the UFC’s business practice to avoid co-promotion, so I can’t blame them for sticking to their guns here.

    Besides, what does the UFC have to gain by letting Brock fight Fedor under a UFC/M-1 banner? Nothing. If Fedor were to win it would show the average fan that the best in the world isn’t always under the UFC banner, why would you want that? If Fedor were to lose, he lost to a guy that outweighs him by ~40 pounds and that the UFC has promoted as the #1 HW in the world, big deal. So the UFC has nothing to gain in the eyes of the casual fan (who make up 90+% of the market) and a decent amount to lose.
    It never makes business sense to sign up for something that is all risk and no reward.

  • Lord Faust says:

    Dana clearly learned his lessons about “co-promotion” from the little stint with PRIDE. The UFC gains nothing from associating with M1 except possibly opening them up to deeper investigation. (Founded or not, there have been shady rumblings about M1 for a long time.) I could be wrong, but I read an article years back that made a solid case against the co-promotion due to the Fertitas’ gambling business ties they couldn’t afford the aggravation of affiliating with a company like M1, with suspected mob ties.

    Regardless of any of that, Fedor’s stock has dropped considerably. While it’s clear to those who follow the sport that Fedor is still just as dangerous as he ever was, there is less of a draw for the casual fans. Losing the streak and the image of invincibility takes some of the lustre off any potential UFC champion versus Fedor match up. Sure, it’d be pretty big; but the UFC doesn’t have a problem marketing their product. They could sell, within reason, anything. Hell, I watched Silva versus Sonnen, I bought the hype — it just so happens the fighters also delivered.

  • Creature says:

    What mo needs 2 do is train exactly like kos did. 80% striking 20% everything else, if mo had good striking he would be a dominate SF champ

  • Rece Rock says:

    I heard huffin oxygen causes ligament damage…:)

  • GIKE MOLDBERG says:

    What’s up with all this oxygen huffin?

  • GIKE MOLDBERG says:

    Big Mo isn’t a untouchable athlete afterall-I would negate his ass big time

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Wow Fedor wants to fight the guy that beat him and wants to fight in Japan and Russia. Oh and he wants to fight Brock, what scum bags they are. How dare they want to fight the worlds best in a joint venture and try to avenge losses and to want to fight in Japan and his home country … they should be shot.
    Rece WTF are you on about?

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Fedor and Mousasi became very rich and successful with M1. Apart from the rejection of all offers from an organisation which has worked extremely hard to discredit both Fedor and M1 I have never had a problem with M1. People say that they have brought other orgs down like Bodog and Pride, this is just lies and anyone who has researched it should know that. I have read that they have mob ties and other stuff too, well if they have mob ties they are NOT or HAVE not made Fedor or Mousasi take a dive that is for sure. It is amazing what people will come up with, LOL I can even remember reading (a few times) that Dana invented MMA or that he started the UFC. People please try to be reasonable and rational, look into myths and rumors and most of all .. think logically.

  • Rece Rock says:

    “We are ready to organize co-promotion with any organization that is ready to meet our demands,” he said. “We have repeatedly expressed our desire to organize a joint show, even with the same UFC, but all in vain. We are ready to fight with the strongest and to co-operate with the worthy”
    -Finkelstein

    Meet our Demands???…. I think they need to just get it over with and hire dolph lundren and just have him come out at press conferences and interviews and simply say we will crush you.

  • Rece Rock says:

    “What M-1 is doing is ridiculous; they are making demands and are using Fedor leverage for every organization. They can’t even organize good shows. If you look at the shows they produce, you would be crazy to do a co-promotion with those guys. It’s amateur level; leave the promoting business to the Americans and the Japanese.”
    “They are also lying. I heard that they made a statement that all of the polls (indicate fans would rather see) Fedor fight Werdum again than a fight with me. I don’t know which websites they are looking at, but all of the polls I have seen said the opposite.
    Now that Fedor has lost I hope they can’t “use” Fedor anymore. I honestly think that Fedor isn’t aware of what M-1 is doing to him. Fedor doesn’t care, he has enough money to support his family and he doesn’t care who he fights.” – Comments from SF champ Overeem

  • Rece Rock says:

    M-1 Global are Leech Scum bags…MMALOGIC you can have your opinion and I will surely appreciate it but at the end of the day no one is telling me anything other than that M-1 global are blood suckers and have no basis for there demands…

    Strike force is getting played like suckers and they deserve it.

  • GIKE MOLDBERG says:

    M-1 is bad for MMA-That whole russian Mafia/Military state of mind is outdated and obvious-As far as Mo goes-I am actually a big fan of his-Put your hands to your ears and you would’ve won

  • Rece Rock says:

    Some more food for thought…

    Alistair Overeem: Yes, I’m going to fight in the K-1 tournament, so my first fight will be October for the Final 16 in Korea. If I win the fight, I will advance to the Final 8 in Japan. That fight will be in December.

    Why isn’t your next fight going to be for Strikeforce?
    I’ve stated many times that Strikeforce was my number one priority, but after Fedor lost to Werdum, I had no intention of fighting somebody other than Werdum. I came to the States to challenge the winner of the fight and that was Werdum, so no need to fight somebody else. Furthermore, I like K-1 very much and there are not many opportunities to stay fighting in K-1, so I want to fight if I still can. One of my goals is to be K-1 champion and this is my chance.

    Emelianenko has now said that he would like to fight you by the end of the year. Is that possible at this point?
    No, unfortunately not. The reason is because if I enter the Final 16 and win, I will fight the K-1 Final in December. My decision was made because nothing was certain and Strikeforce and M-1 didn’t act fast enough when I made my decision to start K-1 training. Now I read on the internet that Fedor and his management want to fight me all of sudden. Do they really need two months of thinking and negotiating? I think it’s a little strange to be honest. If Fedor challenged me right after the fight it would have been something to take in consideration, but the M-1 management started to say that all the polls on several websites stated that people rather have a Fedor vs. Werdum rematch then a fight against me. There we have another lie by M-1 because every poll I have read stated the opposite and showed that everybody want to see Fedor versus me. Check their current poll at their own Web site (laughs).

    Scott Coker recently hinted at the fact that Antonio Silva would be your next opponent. Does a fight against “Bigfoot” interest you?
    No, not at all. When I fought Brett Rogers there was much criticism over how the champion could fight a fighter that lost his last fight. If you co-promote with people that have their own demands it’s hard to make good and logical fights. If you look at another big MMA organization in the States, you can see that they have a clear road map of who’s fighting who and which fighters are entitled to get a shot at the championship belt. Having a clear virtual ranking is one of the reasons they are successful because they can hype fights. You can debate if I’m the number one in Strikeforce using results of the past, but the fact remains that Fedor signed with Strikeforce and chose Werdum instead of me. We all know that in every organization Fedor is more than welcome to fight straight for the belt due to his stature and experience, but if his management decided that they would like a tune-up fight and then Werdum before fighting me they are taking a risk. Fighting in a organization is just the same as climbing a ladder. If you lose, you will fall a couple of steps down and if you win you go up. It’s not fair to other fighters that are climbing the same ladder. So to make a long story short, I’m the champion, which means I’m number one, not based on ranking but because I’m wearing the belt.

    Number two is clearly Werdum because of his win over Fedor and Antonio Silva. Fedor losing means he’s number 3 and Antonio Silva, who came back from a loss against Werdum by defeating Arlovski is clearly the number 4. So in that case, Fedor should fight Antonio Silva and the winner of that fight should fight against the winner of a bout between myself and Werdum. It’s just that simple — it’s not rocket science.

    Does a part of you think that the Fedor fight will never happen now?
    If Fedor stays in Strikeforce and beats Antonio Silva and I win my fight against Werdum, then there is a big possibility that I will face him. So I still think I will meet him in the cage eventually.

    Do you still have an issue with the way M-1 has handled this situation?
    Everybody knows that I’m not crazy about those guys. I personally think that they don’t know how the US market works. They have a different mentality and culture. The way they use Fedor as a trophy is, in my opinion, not how a management team should work. They should have the interest of the fighter as the number one priority and sometimes I have the feeling that Fedor doesn’t know what M-1 is demanding behind his back. I don’t want to go in to details so I won’t. All I can say is never have I witnessed a management manipulating and using the amount of tricks as Fedor’s management has done.

    Has this whole process been frustrating for you?
    In the beginning I took it personally because of the things Vadim [Finkelstein] and M-1 we’re saying in the media and I wanted to fight him bad, but nowAlistair Overeem: Yes, I’m going to fight in the K-1 tournament, so my first fight will be October for the Final 16 in Korea. If I win the fight, I will advance to the Final 8 in Japan. That fight will be in December.

    Why isn’t your next fight going to be for Strikeforce?
    I’ve stated many times that Strikeforce was my number one priority, but after Fedor lost to Werdum, I had no intention of fighting somebody other than Werdum. I came to the States to challenge the winner of the fight and that was Werdum, so no need to fight somebody else. Furthermore, I like K-1 very much and there are not many opportunities to stay fighting in K-1, so I want to fight if I still can. One of my goals is to be K-1 champion and this is my chance.

    Emelianenko has now said that he would like to fight you by the end of the year. Is that possible at this point?
    No, unfortunately not. The reason is because if I enter the Final 16 and win, I will fight the K-1 Final in December. My decision was made because nothing was certain and Strikeforce and M-1 didn’t act fast enough when I made my decision to start K-1 training. Now I read on the internet that Fedor and his management want to fight me all of sudden. Do they really need two months of thinking and negotiating? I think it’s a little strange to be honest. If Fedor challenged me right after the fight it would have been something to take in consideration, but the M-1 management started to say that all the polls on several websites stated that people rather have a Fedor vs. Werdum rematch then a fight against me. There we have another lie by M-1 because every poll I have read stated the opposite and showed that everybody want to see Fedor versus me. Check their current poll at their own Web site (laughs).

    Scott Coker recently hinted at the fact that Antonio Silva would be your next opponent. Does a fight against “Bigfoot” interest you?
    No, not at all. When I fought Brett Rogers there was much criticism over how the champion could fight a fighter that lost his last fight. If you co-promote with people that have their own demands it’s hard to make good and logical fights. If you look at another big MMA organization in the States, you can see that they have a clear road map of who’s fighting who and which fighters are entitled to get a shot at the championship belt. Having a clear virtual ranking is one of the reasons they are successful because they can hype fights. You can debate if I’m the number one in Strikeforce using results of the past, but the fact remains that Fedor signed with Strikeforce and chose Werdum instead of me. We all know that in every organization Fedor is more than welcome to fight straight for the belt due to his stature and experience, but if his management decided that they would like a tune-up fight and then Werdum before fighting me they are taking a risk. Fighting in a organization is just the same as climbing a ladder. If you lose, you will fall a couple of steps down and if you win you go up. It’s not fair to other fighters that are climbing the same ladder. So to make a long story short, I’m the champion, which means I’m number one, not based on ranking but because I’m wearing the belt.

    Number two is clearly Werdum because of his win over Fedor and Antonio Silva. Fedor losing means he’s number 3 and Antonio Silva, who came back from a loss against Werdum by defeating Arlovski is clearly the number 4. So in that case, Fedor should fight Antonio Silva and the winner of that fight should fight against the winner of a bout between myself and Werdum. It’s just that simple — it’s not rocket science.

    Does a part of you think that the Fedor fight will never happen now?
    If Fedor stays in Strikeforce and beats Antonio Silva and I win my fight against Werdum, then there is a big possibility that I will face him. So I still think I will meet him in the cage eventually.

    Do you still have an issue with the way M-1 has handled this situation?
    Everybody knows that I’m not crazy about those guys. I personally think that they don’t know how the US market works. They have a different mentality and culture. The way they use Fedor as a trophy is, in my opinion, not how a management team should work. They should have the interest of the fighter as the number one priority and sometimes I have the feeling that Fedor doesn’t know what M-1 is demanding behind his back. I don’t want to go in to details so I won’t. All I can say is never have I witnessed a management manipulating and using the amount of tricks as Fedor’s management has done.
    Has this whole process been frustrating for you?
    In the beginning I took it personally because of the things Vadim [Finkelstein] s M-1 we’re saying in the media and I wanted to fight him bad, but now that he lost I was like, ‘What goes around comes around.’ So now I will move on and focus on my own career. that he lost I was like, ‘What
    goes around comes around.’ So now I will move on and focus on my own career.

  • Rece Rock says:

    My bad… IPhone went AWOL

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    This is from a guy who didn’t fight in SF for 2 years and claimed Fedor was ducking him because he was fighting Werdum and now wont fight Fedor because HE is fighting somewhere else. Feel free to say he is ducking Fedor now people.
    He can not critisize M1 at all, he is far worse. He wont fight Bigfoot or Fedor now because of this reason or that and you are saying Fedor has demands.Overeem is the worst of the worst when it comes to negotiating. As I said he didn’t defend his title for 2 years and now is picking and choosing who to fight (or who NOT to) and you are using his bitch session as back up. Na-aah. Expect to see Overeem fight some cans for 2 years now before he returns and starts throwing stones from his glass house again.
    If M1 makes such extreme demands then no one would agree to sign him, they would just say F#CK OFF! but he has fought in Bodog, Rings, Pride, SF, Affliction and a couple of smaller orgs too, I wonder how with such outrageous demands? I wonder why none of those orgs ever complained about it either?. Yes they have demands like every other management does. That is what managers do they demand certain pay and conditions for you Rece, that is why you have a management team. You just pick up on anything you can to attack what you don’t like dude. Fancy Fedors management having demands, they should just cave in to everything that SF or the UFC demands of them right?.
    You are looking at this from a particular point of view and wont move around to get a better look.

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    I would like to see Overeem vs Fedor though. I think if he fights BigFoot he will be too quick and control him in the grapple but Overeem poses some other probs altogether.
    If M1 were to pay Carwin 40,000 for fighting Lesnar I would agree that they are bloodsuckers 8)

  • Rece Rock says:

    He’s the champ… Hmm if I recall correctly SF gave their HW champ his first fight back a guy who just lost and is a one dimensional over hyped striker, whom didn’t belong there…yeah if I was him I’d like to call the shots.

    Besides overeem states he gave them a window of opportunity before considering the K-1 tourney and SF couldn’t get Fedor’s camp to agree and Werdum is hurt sooo it’s now convienant for m-1 to say they’ll take on overeem. After he’s obligated elsewhere…. C’mon man M-1 is slick as shit and as much as you guys may think I beat up on SF and M-1 you gotta be kidding me if you believe this shit…You may think I drink the haterade but it’s the Russian kool aid being consumed that I’d
    be worried about, ain’t nothing sweet over there.

  • Rece Rock says:

    Not a fan of fedor or overeem so the only way I’m looking at this is what my personal expectations are… Maybe you should step outside of this and think if you were a business partner and think how you would feel

  • Rece Rock says:

    “If M1 were to pay Carwin 40,000 for fighting Lesnar I would agree that they are bloodsuckers…”
    -MMA LOGIC.

    What you see as a fighters salary is 1/4 of what they actually make, especially the more popular fighters. Depending on their contract, Fighters get their disclosed salary, which is the numbers you see, then they get a percentage of the live gate, then they get a percentage of the PPV revenue, then they possibly get an “of the night” bonus. (plus they get sponsorship money).

    The UFC is not a publicly traded company, so they are not required to divulge full fighter salaries publicly.

    M-1 doesn’t have $40 G’s to pay a fighter first off, that’s why they co-promote and get all the benefits with minimal investment… smart lil fuckers aren’t they.

  • Creature says:

    “You may think I drink the haterade but it’s the Russian kool aid being consumed that I’d
    be worried about, ain’t nothing sweet over there”

    thats great lmfao seriously just made my day

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