When former Strikeforce light heavyweight champ Muhammed Lawal locked horns with Lorenz Larkin last night at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine he appeared to be far more seasoned fighter despite having fewer total MMA bouts on his record than his 12-1 adversary. However, as “King Mo” made clear in a post-fight interview with Showtime, experience goes far beyond the amount of time spent inside a ring.
“I’ve been everywhere. I’ve seen everything you can see,” Lawal explained. “I’ve been hit in wrestling. I’ve been hit in MMA…I think my overall experience as far as competition kicked in and you could see he was tentative. He was scared.”
In addition to multiple national title wins as collegiate wrestler, Lawal also started his career out waist-deep in the divisional pool with bouts against well-travelled adversaries like Travis Wiuff, Mike Whitehead, and Gegard Mousasi.
Check out the entire interview below where Lawal also talks about the referee’s late stoppage:
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