It wasn’t long ago Muhammed Lawal was seen as a superstar in the making, compiling an 8-1 record against respectable foes while also being a showman in and out of the ring. However, Lawal’s reputation took a hit after testing positive for a performance enhancing drug and subsequently directing some profanity at an athletic commission official. The actions cost him his spot on the Strikeforce roster with the adversity later being compounded by a life threatening staph infection.

Lawal will finally have a chance to get his career back on track next month when he makes his debut under the Bellator banner. According to officials, “King Mo” will take on Polish pugilist Przemyslaw Mysiala on January 24 at Bellator 86. The bout will mark a quarterfinal clash in the company’s upcoming light heavyweight tournament.

Mysiala, who will also be popping his Bellator cherry, holds an overall record of 16-7 including fifteen finishes. Though he is coming off a loss, the defeat was a doctor’s call rather than a stoppage of based on scorecards. Prior to the stumble Mysiala had won six of seven fights with none going the distance.