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King Mo Considers Himself The Underdog Against Feijao, Wants Werdum Next

Newly crowned Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal looks to make his first title defense against Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante tomorrow night at Strikeforce: Houston. Lawal recently talked about the fight, and noted that he will have several game plans heading into Saturday night.

“My toughest tests so far have been the training,” said Lawal. “The fights are the easy part. The tough part is training. As far as a plan goes or strategy, I have five of six different plans and pick one going in. If that one doesn’t work, I just change it up and go to another one. With (Gegard) Mousasi he was coming up so hard that I had to go for the take down. My plan with Mousasi was to hit him a few times and make him stand and frustrate him. Then I was able to capitalize and get the take down.”

Feijao has had eight of his nine wins come in some form of knockout. Lawal said that he expects the challenger to be looking for the knockout, however he’ll be ready for him if the fight goes to the ground.

“Feijao knows he wants the knock out,” said Lawal. “He doesn’t want the submission. He trains in the ground game, but I’m training with guys in jiu jitsu that are comparable. So I’m not worried at the ground at all because I’ve got good submission defense.”

Despite being a champion after fighting for only two years, Lawal feels that the pressure lays on the shoulders of the challenger tomorrow night.

“I’ve only been fighting for two years,” he said. “There’s no pressure on me whatsoever. If there’s pressure on anybody it’s Feijao. He has the name. He’s been fighting longer and he’s been training longer. I remember watching Feijao just mashing people in the IFL. I think people look at me as having the bigger name but I don’t care. I think he’s the favorite. I’m the underdog even though I’m the champ.”

Lawal noted that if he’s victorious tomorrow night, he’d like to try his hand once again in the heavyweight division, a division he’s been successful in thus far.

“I wouldn’t mind fighting Fabrico (Werdum), who’s the top dog right now. I wouldn’t mind fighting at heavyweight a few times. I just like fighting. A belt is a belt. I fight because I like to fight first and for the belt second.”

Strikeforce: Houston takes place tomorrow night from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. As always, will provide live coverage of the card.