A suspension and leg infection cost Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal a year of competition. While in that time some may undergo ring rust, Lawal showed no signs of that in his Bellator debut last week. He said it was because of the people he trains with that kept him in shape.
“It’s hard to have ring rust when you’re training with guys that are better than you,” said Lawal to Sherdog. “I’m training with guys that are specialized in certain areas. The ring rust thing, I don’t even consider it a factor. It’s only a factor if you’re not doing anything. With me, I’m always doing something.”
Lawal trains with several UFC names to work on his craft. For the ground aspect, he works with Roy Nelson and wrestles with Daniel Cormier. He has also worked with Luke Rockhold in the past.
At Bellator 86, Lawal needed only one round to finish Poland’s Przemyslaw Mysiala in the quarterfinals of the Season 8 light heavyweight tournament.
Lawal makes his second appearance for the promotion at Bellator 90 from the Maverik Center in West Valley City, UT. He fights Shahbulat Shamhalaev in the semifinals on February 21.