Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal gets ready to make his Strikeforce debut next week, as he faces Mike Whitehead at Strikeforce: Evolution on Dec. 19th. Lawal signed a multi-fight, non-exclusive deal with Strikeforce last month, which will allow him to remain a prominent fighter in Japan, where the fans have taken quite well to his flamboyant charm.
“I’m excited for my first fight,” Lawal told Ray Flores of FightLine.com shortly after his signing last month. “I’m going to go out there and have fun and make sure Strikeforce gets their money’s worth by signing me.”
King Mo holds a perfect 5-0 MMA record, however has done almost all of his damage overseas as an employee for World Victory Road. American fans caught a glimpse of what the 28-year-old was capable of when it took him all of 25 seconds to put Mark Kerr to sleep during their M-1 Global bout in Kansas City, Missouri a couple months back.
“I don’t know what to tell you, it was like this: I walked in, got booed, took him down and smashed his face,” Lawal said of his bout with Kerr.
The light heavyweight prospect has also been involved with a public feud with former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. Lawal noted that they haven’t spoken in awhile, and wished Rampage the best of luck with his acting career.
“I don’t really care about what he does,” he noted. “Good luck with acting Quinton, I hope you do good. I’ll watch The A-Team.
“I’m not going to be disrespected,” he continued. “Respect me as a man, and I’ll respect you as a man. I’m not going to let no man talk down to me, so I stood up for myself.”
Lawal also talked about how his beef with Rampage began and whether he’d fight him, his elaborate entrances and more. You can watch the full interview below: