FiveOuncesOfPain.com is reporting that Muhammaed “King Mo” Lawal will likely be making the first defense of his Strikeforce Light Heavyweight title against the Black House trained Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante and that their fight is tentatively scheduled to go down at Strikeforce: Houston this August. The bout agreements have yet to be signed but MMAJunkie.com has disclosed that a source close to the situation told them that verbal agreements have been made by both men.
The undefeated “King Mo” captured his Strikeforce title this past April at Strikeforce: Nashville where he defeated Gegard Mousasi via five round unanimous decision. “King Mo” earned that win on the strength of his impressive amateur wrestling pedigree which he cultivated at Oklahoma State University. Lawal, a Big 12 Champion and NCAA Division 1 wrestler, was once considered to be the top amateur wrestler in the country and was twice narrowly beaten out of a spot on the US Olympic team. Lawal owns impressive wins over Mike Whitehead, Mark Kerr, Mousasi, and Travis Wiuff.
Rafael Cavalcante, whose nickname “Feijao” means “beans” in Portuguese, is training partner to the likes of current UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva, the Nogueira brothers and current WEC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo. Cavalcante is currently on a two fight win streak that he earned by defeating Aaron Rosa and, most recently, Antwain Britt.
Strikeforce: Houston is currently without a venue but is scheduled to go down on August 21st and is expected to feature Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza in addition to “King Mo’s” title defense.