Usually, the fighter on the winning end of a bad stoppage doesn’t complain too much about the interfering referee’s ineptitude; such is not the case with Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal.
King Mo fought a game but undersized and outmatched Lorenz Larkin last night on the main card of Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine, dominating the previously undefeated fighter with his wrestling en route to a TKO by ground and pound. That ground and pound came in the form of a series of hard right hands to a wilting Larkin’s head, several of which were probably unnecessary. Immediately following the bout, Lawal could be heard complaining over the late stoppage, taking referee Kim Winslow to task in the cage for not stepping in sooner.
Though King Mo softened on the mic with Mauro Ranallo after hearing her explanation, he lit back into her at the post-fight press conference when given more time to think it over (props to MMAJunkie).
“I’m going to put it like this: The commission, they need to do something with [Winslow],” Lawal said. “Let her take a fight or something and give her a bad ref.”
“She said backstage, ‘If I hear ‘Ow’ or ‘Ouch’ or ‘Ooh,’ I’m going to stop the fight,’” Lawal went on to explain. “Man, this dude was cussing. I hit him, and he’s like, ‘Oh, [expletive].’ I was like, ‘Uh, ref?’ I looked at her, so I kept on hitting him. I was like, ‘Man, she needs to stop this thing.’ I heard people in the crowd yelling, ‘Stop it!’ Then she jumps in all late.”
King Mo believes he has a suitable course of action for Winslow to take in order to ensure she that doesn’t let anymore beatings continue on for longer than they should.
“Let [Winslow] fight ‘Cyborg,’ and let’s do a late stoppage with her,” Lawal said. “I watched her almost get Jan Finney killed by ‘Cyborg.’ I think maybe the tables need to be turned. Put me in there as a ref, and I’ll just do a terrible job like her.”