Sherdog.com’s Loretta Hunt has learned that former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion and colorful personality Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal, who recently underwent successful surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament according to Sherdog, is looking at a faster-than-expected recovery and could be returning to action in as little as six months.
“Surgery went very well without any complications. Mo’s knee is stable and he can start rehab tomorrow. I expect a 100 percent recovery,” said Lawal’s physician, Dr. Neal S. Elattrache.
Lawal injured his knee during his first title defense, against Black House product Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante. Lawal controlled the fight early on but eventually succumbed to Cavalcante’s striking game, getting TKO’ed in the third round. Lawal’s head trainer, Ryan Parsons, also spoke with Sherdog and revealed that he and his team are fully prepared and dedicated to ensure that Mo returns at 100 percent and eventually regains his title.
“We have a lot of advanced tools for Mo’s rehab ready to go,” said Parsons. “This has been a great learning experience for all of us, but now the hard work begins. I’m excited for Mo to put this behind him as he begins his journey back to Strikeforce.”
Lawal first captured the Strikeforce 205lb title by defeating Gegard Mousasi over five rounds with much superior grappling. The loss to “Feijao” only sets him back so far; he is still one of Strikeforce’s top light heavyweights and with only one loss in eight professional fights still has a very bright career in front of him.