Former Strikeforce light heavyweight title-holder Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal will be sidelined for up to nine months after damaging his left knee’s ACL and PCL in last weekend’s “Strikeforce – Houston” bout against newly crowned champion Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante. Lawal is slated to undergo surgery next week to replace both ligaments. The upcoming medical procedure will actually be the second time Lawal’s ACL has been worked on, as he also apparently tore it in March of last year during his run in Japan’s Sengoku promotion.
News of the unfortunate injury came via Lawal’s manager and was first-reported by Sherdog.
Lawal won his first seven fights before falling via TKO in the third round of last Saturday’s bout against Cavalcante. He holds notable victories in his career against the highly touted Gegard Mousasi and always-tough veterans Mike Whitehead and Travis Wiuff.