Muhammed Lawal, also known as King Mo, has spent time in mixed martial arts and in the world of sports entertainment over the past 11 years.
Friday night, at Bellator 233’s co-main event, Lawal appeared in what was widely speculated to be his retirement fight against Andrew Kapel in the co-main event.
This was a catchweight contest at 195 lbs.
Kapel stopped Lawal by first-round knockout, and after the fight, King Mo confirmed in his post-fight interview with Bellator MMA color commentator John McCarthy that he would, indeed, retire from the sport.
Lawal mentioned that he would continue with American Top Team as a trainer.
Lawal’s MMA career began in late 2008 in the World Victory Road promotion in Japan, scoring a first-round TKO victory against Travis Wiuff, followed up by a third-round TKO against Fabio Silva and a first-round TKO vs. Yukiya Naito to go to 3-0.
After, he fought to a unanimous decision victory in his match against Ryo Kawamura in the Mar. 20, 2009 World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 7 card, leaving the promotion following the fight.
The then-4-0 Lawal continued his winning ways with a first-round knockout of Mark Kerr in M-1 Global: Breakthrough that August.
He brought a five-fight winning streak to Strikeforce MMA when he was signed by the now-defunct promotion in late 2009.
In Strikeforce, Lawal posted a 3-1 record with one no-contest—he was subsequently cut from the promotion after making critical social media posts in the aftermath of a 2012 win against Lorenz Larkin being reversed to a no-contest upon failing a drug test for drostanolone.
Strikeforce was dissolved in 2013, two years after Zuffa, LLC purchased the promotion.
Splitting time with wrestling:
During Lawal’s early years in Bellator, he performed as King Mo in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, appearing on Impact Wrestling occasionally until 2015, and making a one-off guest appearance in 2017 in Bobby Lashley’s corner during the Slammiversary pay-per-view event.
As far as MMA is concerned, Lawal also split time between Bellator MMA and RIZIN Fighting Federation, winning the 2015 RIZIN Grand Prix in the process, along with an appearance during the next year’s Openweight Grand Prix.
Lawal would sustain a TKO loss against Mirko Cro Cop during their quarterfinal contest.
Recently, he has posted a 1-4 record, scoring his last career win against Rampage Jackson in March of 2017.
Lawal departs MMA with a 21-10 record.
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