Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal is a former Strikeforce champion who was being looked upon as one of the faces of the promotion before being hit with a positive drug test due to a banned substance. Now, following his release from Zuffa, Lawal’s suitors are starting to line up.
Bellator Fighting Championship CEO Bjorn Rebney told MMAFighting.com that he and his promotion would look into signing Lawal, who faces a nine-month suspension due to the positive test. Super Fight League CEO Ken Pavia, who helps run the India-based unit, said the same.
“He’s too talented of a fighter. He has too much athletic ability to ignore,” Rebney said. “There were obviously pieces from his game that were missing that got exploited, but he’s an incredible athlete, a talented fighter, a charismatic personality. Look at him and what he was able to accomplish in a series of fights. So yeah, I’d absolutely talk to him, and I anticipate I will be talking to him.”
Pavia echoed those thoughts, saying, “I have the utmost respect for ‘King Mo.’ He’s a true student of the game and is exceedingly intelligent. It goes without saying that the SFL would love to have ‘King Mo’ fight in our organization. We’ll use best efforts to make it happen.”
Lawal has said he’ll look for work as soon as possible in previous interviews, even mentioning professional wrestling as a possible course of work. Lawal is an ex-college wrestling standout.