In an unprecedented move, Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal has signed a deal to compete in Spike TV’s two sports properties, Bellator Fighting Championships and TNA’s IMPACT Wrestling. The deal was jointly announced earlier this afternoon by Spike TV President Kevin Kay, Bellator Fighting Championships CEO Bjorn Rebney and TNA President Dixie Carter.
“King Mo is an incredible athlete and a great addition to the Bellator family,” said Rebney. “He immediately adds prominence and star-power to our light heavyweight division.”
“King Mo is the perfect athlete for this type of alliance,” added Carter. “He is the real deal in MMA, and his bold personality and world class wrestling accomplishments are unparalleled. I’m confident he will have a major impact in both sports.”
Lawal (10-1-1) was released from his Strikeforce contract in March after referring to Nevada State Athletic Commission official Pat Lundvall as a “racist b-tch” after a hearing for a recent positive drug test result. Lundvall had asked Lawal — an American-born college graduate — if he could read or understand the English language. The comment, along with the positive test result (for Drostanalone, which Lawal maintains he ingested unwittingly through an off-the-shelf supplement) saw Lawal’s exit from the promotion — an event which stacks on top of the fighter’s recent, life-threatening battle with staph infection.
“This deal is a dream come true for me,” Lawal said. “Bjorn and Dixie have given me the opportunity to engage in my two great loves, mixed martial arts and professional wrestling, at the same time. And, to have it all on Spike TV is really Buttercream icing on a big ole cake – not that whipped cream stuff either!”
King Mo will join TNA this summer and resume his MMA career next year when Bellator moves to Spike TV.