Newly crowned Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal spent some time recently helping to prepare boxer-turned-MMA-fighter James “Lights Out” Toney for his upcoming bout against former UFC Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture. Once widely considered to be the best amateur wrestler in the United States, Lawal trained wrestling with Toney in exchange for some help with his boxing technique. Many believe that Couture will easily ground Toney and work to a victory when they meet later this summer but “King Mo” recently told FightHype that he was surprised by Toney’s strength and skills and that he expects Toney to surprise everyone else come August.
“I had the chance to work out with James Toney over the weekend,” said Lawal. “I’m trying to get my hands right, so it’s all good. I’m working some stuff with him, but that’s about it. He’s stronger than I thought, but I don’t want to talk about it too much. He surprised me though… I give him his props. He’s a lot stronger than I thought he was. James is going to surprise a lot of people I think.”
Toney is expected to face off against Couture this August at UFC 118 but this has not been officially confirmed as of yet. The former multiple-time-across-multiple-weight-divisions boxing champion entered the UFC through aggressive self-promotion and the apparent desire to test himself against the best MMA fighters in the world. He has been granted the opportunity in fighting Couture and might just have a few tricks up his sleeve for the noted grappling specialist.
“King Mo” recently defeated Dutch-Armenian fighter Gegard Mousasi to capture Strikeforce’s Light Heavyweight belt. He expects to defend his belt for the first time this August in Houston, Texas but nothing has been officially confirmed concerning when Lawal will next fight or against whom he will face.