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"King Mo"

12-4-0

Muhammed Lawal

Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal

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  • Given Name: Adekunle Muhammed Lawal
  • Professional MMA Record: 12-4-0, 1 NC (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: King Mo
  • Current Streak: 1 Loss
  • Age: 33 | Date of Birth: 1981.01.11
  • Last Fight: May 17, 2014 in BFC
  • Weight Class: Light Heavyweight | Last Weigh-In: 205.6 lbs
  • Affiliation: American Kickboxing Academy
  • Height: 6'0" (183cm) | Reach: 79.0" (201cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $210,000 USD
  • Born: Murfreesboro, Tennessee, United States
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  Promoter
  • Fighting out of: San Jose, California
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Official Site

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While “King Mo,” as he is known, has been making waves in the international MMA community in recent years, Muhammed Lawal’s first great athletic successes came during his collegiate wrestling career, where he was a Big 12 Champion and Division I All-American in 2003 while wrestling for Oklahoma State. Although he was a heavy favorite to win the gold medal in the 2008 Olympic Games, King Mo was upset by Andy Hrovat in the finals of the Olympic Trials, dashing his hopes of winning the gold.


King Mo has always been a colorful and exciting personality outside of competition, but he did not garner widespread attention until he surprised the collective MMA world by defeating heavily favored veteran Travis Wiuff on short notice in his first professional fight in 2008 at Sengoku 5 in Tokyo, Japan. Lawal would go on to win three more fights under the Sengoku banner before making his U.S. debut against Mark Kerr at M-1 Global: Breakthrough in August of 2009, winning the fight by knockout just 25 seconds into the first round and sending “The Smashing Machine’s” mouthpiece skipping across the canvas. Lawal made his Strikeforce debut four months later, defeating veteran heavyweight and light heavyweight fighter Mike Whitehead by knockout in the first round. Then, in the biggest test of his young career, King Mo fought and defeated highly respected European fighter Gegard Mousasi in Strikeforce, dominating the tilt with a slew of unstoppable takedowns and cool ground control against the skilled submission fighter. The win finally earned widespread praise and recognition for King Mo as one of the “next big things” in the MMA world.


King Mo would then lose his title Rafael Cavalcante being finished in the third round. He would bounce back with a win over Roger Gracie and Lorenz Larkin although the Larkin fight would be overturned to a No Contest when King Mo tested positive for Drostanolone. The positive test would earn him a 9 month suspension. 


In 2012 Lawal would sign with Bellator Fighting Championship as well Total Nonstop Action Wrestling to pursue a career in MMA and professional wrestling at the same time. King Mo would make an impressive Bellator debut on January 24th in the Light Heavyweight tournament against Przemyslaw Mysiala. He finished Mysiala in the first round with a walk off Knockout. In the next round he would face Emanuel Newton in the semi finals. King Mo came out and looked like he wanted to keep the fight standing however he was leaving his hands down and got caught by a spinning back fist and eliminated from the tournament in a huge upset loss. He would bounce back with a devastating KO over Seth Petruzelli in the Main Event of Bellator 96. He got the take down and proceeded to land a monster right hand reminiscent of Fedor Emelianenko that put Seth instantly out. The win was the semi-final of the summer series so King Mo would then face Jacob Noe in the final. He would use his wrestling and dominate Noe the whole fight until he got the TKO finish in the third round at Bellator 97.


King Mo would get a chance to avenge his loss to Emanuel Newton when they faced off at Bellator 106 for the Interim title. However Mo would end up on the losing end of a Unanimous Decision. He would win his next fight against Mikhail Zayats in the semi finals of the tournament setting up a finals matchup against Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. He faced Quinton Jackson in the tournament final for a title shot. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Last updated 05.18.2014, 1:35 PM ET
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Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Confirmed Upcoming Bout

Dustin Jacoby

Bellator 123: Curran vs. Pitbull 2
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2014.09.05
Cancelled Bout Tom DeBlass Bellator 123 2014.09.05
Reason: DeBlass Knee Injury
Cancelled Bout Marcus Sursa Bellator 123 2014.09.05
Reason: Sursa Injury
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Quinton Jackson
Ref: John McCarthy

Bellator 120: Rampage vs. King Mo
Main Event | Tournament Finals | 205 lbs

2014.05.17
Odds: +180 Slight Underdog | Weigh-In: 205.6 lbs
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Mikhail Zayats
Ref: Todd Anderson

Bellator 110: Rampage vs. M'Pumbu
Co-Main Event | Tournament Semifinal | 205 lbs

2014.02.28
Odds: -255 Moderate Favorite | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Emanuel Newton
Ref: Herb Dean

Bellator 106: Chandler vs. Alvarez 2
Co-Main Event | Interim Title | Light Heavyweight | 205

2013.11.02
Odds: -435 Heavy Favorite Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $10,000 Base | Weigh-In: 204.1 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:51 Round 3 of 3, 12:51 Total

Jacob Noe
Ref: Jason Herzog

Bellator 97: Chandler vs. Rickels
Main Card | Tournament Finals | 205 lbs

2013.07.31
Odds: -1100 Huge Favorite | Weigh-In: 205.6 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
1:35 Round 1 of 3

Seth Petruzelli
Ref: John McCarthy

Bellator 96: King Mo vs. Petruzelli
Main Event | Tournament Semifinal | 205 lbs

2013.06.19
Odds: -800 Huge Favorite | Weigh-In: 205.2 lbs
#42 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2013
Loss | KO/TKO | Punch
2:35 Round 1 of 3

Emanuel Newton
Ref: Rob Hinds

Bellator 90
Co-Main Event | Tournament Semifinal | 205 lbs

2013.02.21
Odds: -1200 Huge Favorite Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 204.3 lbs
#26 Biggest Upset of All Time
#9 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2013
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
3:52 Round 1 of 3

Przemysław Mysiala
Ref: Kerry Hatley

Bellator 86
Co-Main Event | Tournament Quarterfinal | 205 lbs

2013.01.24
Odds: -2700 Huge Favorite | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
No Contest | KO/TKO
1:32 Round 2 of 3, 6:32 Total

Lorenz Larkin
Ref: Kim Winslow

Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2012.01.07
Odds: -500 Heavy Favorite Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $95,000 ($80K Base, $15K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
#45 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2012
#31 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2012
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
4:33 Round 1 of 3

Roger Gracie
Ref: Jerry Poe

Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinals
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2011.09.10
Odds: -200 Moderate Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $85,000 Base | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
Cancelled Bout Roger Gracie Strikeforce 2011.07.30
Reason: Gracie Stress Fracture
Loss | KO/TKO | Strikes
1:14 Round 3 of 5, 11:14 Total

Rafael Cavalcante
Ref: John McCarthy

Strikeforce: Houston
Main Event | Title Defense | Light HW | 205 lbs

2010.08.21
Odds: -500 Heavy Favorite Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 203.75 lbs
#36 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2010
Win | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Gegard Mousasi
Ref: John McCarthy

Strikeforce: Nashville
Co-Main Event | Title Challenge | Light HW | 205

2010.04.17
Odds: +181 Slight Underdog | Weigh-In: 204.25 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:08 Round 1 of 3

Mike Whitehead
Ref: Jon Schorle

Strikeforce: Evolution
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2009.12.19
Odds: -570 Heavy Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $20,000 ($10K Base, $10K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 218.5 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
0:25 Round 1 of 3

Mark Kerr

M-1 Global
Main Card | Heavyweight

2009.08.28
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Ryo Kawamura
Ref: Samio Kimura

Sengoku 7
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 93 kg

2009.03.20
Odds: -675 Huge Favorite | Weigh-In: 204.2 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:54 Round 1 of 3

Yukiya Naito
Ref: Samio Kimura

Sengoku no Ran 2009
Main Card | Light Heavyweight

2009.01.04
Odds: -321 Moderate Favorite | Weigh-In: 204.2 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
0:41 Round 3 of 3, 10:41 Total

Fábio Silva
Ref: Kenichi Serizawa

Sengoku 6
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 93 kg

2008.11.01
Odds: -293 Moderate Favorite | Weigh-In: 204.2 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:11 Round 1 of 3

Travis Wiuff
Ref: Yoshinori Umeki

Sengoku 5
Main Card | Heavyweight

2008.09.28
Weigh-In: 219.6 lbs

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    Documentary  |  "The Year of the Mo, Pt.1 - Training" by All Elbows report dead link

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  • Documentary  |  "The Year of the Mo, Pt. 2 - Growing Up" by All Elbows report dead link

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  • Documentary  |  "The Year of the Mo, Pt. 3 - The Debut" by All Elbows report dead link

    The All Elbows video team brings us this video introduction to "King Mo" Lawal in three parts. Part 3 focuses on King Mo's preparation for his debut MMA fight.

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