Strikeforce recently announced that former light heavyweight champ Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal will meet the Gracie family’s current top prospect, Roger Gracie, at the upcoming Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson fight card.
30-year-old “King Mo” hasn’t competed since losing his title to Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante this past August at Strikeforce: Houston. Prior to that bout — which Lawal lost via third-round knockout — “King Mo” had gone undefeated in seven fights, eventually taking the Strikeforce title from Gegard Mousasi, though he lost the belt in his next fight against Cavalcante. A decorated amateur wrestler, Lawal is considered by many to be one of — if not the — best pure wrestler currently competing in the sport of MMA. His overall record stands at 7-1.
Whereas Lawal is known for his wrestling pedigree, Roger Gracie is lauded for his impressive Brazilian jiu jitsu acumen. Hailed by MMA legend Renzo Gracie as the best jiu jitsu competitor from the pioneering Gracie clan, the 29-year-old has parlayed his grappling knowledge into an undefeated mixed martial arts career. Though he has only competed four times since 2006, the soft-spoken Gracie has submitted all of his opponents — with Pride FC vet Kevin Randleman being the only man to make it out of the first round against him. Other than Randleman, Gracie has taken out Ron Waterman, Yuki Kondo and, most recently, Trevor Prangley.
Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson is going down this July 30 at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois and will feature a main event between Pride veterans Fedor Emelianenko and Dan Henderson.