The recently announced light heavyweight bout between former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal and top Gracie family prospect, Roger Gracie, has been moved to Sept. 10. Gracie was forced to withdraw from the original July 30th date after suffering a foot injury, and Lawal chose to wait until September for his return.
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.
The September 10 Strikeforce card has yet to be announced by the promotion, however is expected to feature a middleweight championship bout between reigning king Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Luke Rockhold, as well as a lightweight bout pitting former champion Josh Thomson against Maximo Blanco.