Undefeated Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal looks to become the first person to successfully defend the title since Bobby Southworth defeated Anthony Ruiz in June of 2008. Lawal faces Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante at Strikeforce: Houston next month.
“Feijao likes to bang so this is going to be an exciting fight,” said Lawal at Tuesday’s Strikeforce: Houston press conference. “I’m going to show you all some new things I’ve been working on.”
The bout is Lawal’s first since defeating Gegard Mousasi via unanimous decision to win the title at Strikeforce: Nashville in April. While it’s his first fight where he’ll be competing as the champion, he stated that he doesn’t plan on changing his style.
“The approach doesn’t change,” he explained. “Going into every fight, I feel like both a champion and a challenger because I challenge myself in training, but I’m always champion in my mind. So nothing is going to change for this fight.”
While he has only been in the sport less than two years, Lawal has already amassed a 7-0 record and a title to boot. Lawal noted that he’s always learning, and spends much of his free time watching his opponents fights.
“I watch about 10-15 fights a day,” said Lawal. “I’m always studying guys and learning their weaknesses.”
While KJ Noons stated at the press conference that he was expecting a war with Jorge Gurgel on the undercard, Lawal was quick to note that he wasn’t looking for one.
“I’ll let KJ fight a war,” he quipped. “I don’t want to fight a war. I’m going to look to finish [Feijao] as fast as I can. I don’t ever want to fight a war. I always want to dominate and fight as one-sided a fight as possible.”
Strikeforce Houston: King Mo vs. Feijao will take place on August 21, 2010 from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.