Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal announced via his Twitter page that he will be returning to action this June 18th at an officially unannounced Strikeforce card to be held in Dallas, Texas.
Lawal does not yet have an opponent listed for the event, which is rumored to be taking place at the American Airlines Center. It is also being rumored that the fight card will play host to the two remaining Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix quarter-final bouts–Alistair Overeem vs. Fabricio Werdum and Josh Barnett vs. Brett Rogers–which were originally scheduled to take place on April 9th.
Lawal’s appearance on the card will mark his first time back in the cage since losing his Strikeforce light heavyweight championship to Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante this past August; he was forced on the sidelines after that fight for suffering a knee injury which required surgery.
The former NCAA Division-1 wrestling standout got his start fighting in the rapidly-dissolving Japanese fight promotion Sengoku, racking up his first four professional wins in that promotion before moving on to more high-profile fights. After defeating Mark Kerr at a M-1 Global show, Lawal signed with Strikeforce and quickly earned a title shot by defeating Mike Whitehead in his promotional debut. He went on to out-grapple and out-hustle then-champ Gegard Mousasi en route to a championship-netting unanimous decision win.
Lawal faced Cavalcante in his first defense of the belt and was finished off by TKO in the third round.