Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal will return to action this September over a year after he was last seen in action, losing his Strikeforce light heavyweight belt to Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante. Lawal will face off against Brazilian jiu-jitsu dynamo Roger Gracie at Strikeforce 36 and recently spoke with MMAJunkie.com about the fight.
“It feels good, man,” said Lawal, who’ll be returning after undergoing knee surgery. “It’s been a year since I’ve fought, so I got no injuries, no more. It’s all good.”
Lawal, an Olympic caliber wrestler, discussed Gracie’s vaunted jiu-jitsu game and how he thinks it will come into play on fight night. Though he respects his opponent’s skills, Lawal is skeptical of how Gracie could get the fight to the mat in order to implement them.
“Maybe if I slip,” Lawal said of getting taken down. “I don’t know. I don’t think so, but I can take him down. I’m not afraid of his jiu-jitsu at all. He has a great closed guard, but sometimes when you get hit, that guard opens up. I’m not worried about nothing. I’m just worried about making weight and getting to the fight. That’s all.”
Regardless of how he gets it done, King Mo predicts a surefire win when he and Gracie tangle.
“I know I’m going to win,” he said. “I’m going to win the fight. I don’t know if it’s by stoppage or ground and pound, whatever. Hey, even submission. Anything’s possible, dog.”
Strikeforce 36 goes down this September 10 at the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.