Over a year had passed since Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal (9-1-1 NC) last fought. That was for Strikeforce and before he suffered a turbulent 2012. After a suspension for steroids and a scary infection, Lawal returned in the opening round of the Season 8 light heavyweight tournament to stop Przemyslaw Mysiala in round one. That took place in the co-main event of Bellator 86.
He now meets Emanuel Newton (19-7) in the semifinals. Newton submitted Atanas Djambazov the week prior to continue his quest in the tournament.
“I thought his performance last week was good,” said Lawal to Sherdog. “He got a stoppage and anytime that happens, it’s good. Emanuel’s a tough dude. I’ve trained with him before. He trains in Orange County with a bunch of good fighters. His games going to be stepped-up, my games going to be stepped-up. We’ll see what happens, but I think I’m going to get him out of there.”
Lawal thinks the two will meet at Bellator 90 on February 21. No formal announcement has been made. Mikhail Zayats vs. Jacob Noe are set for the other semifinal tournament bout.