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Muhammed Lawal reportedly headed to Bellator, professional wrestling

It looks like former Strikeforce champion Muhammed Lawal won’t be fighting inside the Octagon anytime soon, if ever, after entering discussions with Bellator to join the organization.

Interestingly enough, Lawal is also apparently on the cusp of joining TNA Wrestling to test his skills as a professional wrestler. The 31-year old has never shied away from his love of the sports-entertainment industry, paying homage in the past by walking down to fights while wearing a crown, holding an umbrella, and being accompanied by a group of dancing girls.

Sherdog was first to report the ongoing negotiations, citing sources “close to the situation” and also mentioning he is expected to compete in both companies simultaneously. TNA is currently broadcast on Spike TV while, as chance would have it, Bellator will move to the network next year.

“King Mo” found himself a free agent a few months ago was released from his Strikeforce contract after labeling a NSAC official as a “racist bitch” in the wake of his nine-month suspension for steroid use. His punishment runs out in September although it remains unknown how healthy he’ll be after recently dealing with a life threatening infection.

If Lawal does indeed sign with Bellator he will add some much-needed credibility/depth to their light heavyweight division.

PHOTO CREDIT – STRIKEFORCE

11 COMMENTS
  • AlphaOmega says:

    much-needed credibility? Signing someone who got his license suspended for a positive test is credibility?

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  • king mah mah says:

    Yeah king mo is a joke. Never thought he was all that good anyway. Now I could care less if I ever watch him fight again. I just can’t stand it when people try to play the race card when things don’t go their way, even though there is no racism in the situation.

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  • king mah mah says:

    Oh, and the only reason he apologized was to try and save his job after he realized how bad he screwed up. Not sincere at all. He is a racist prick!

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  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    When your light heavyweight division is headed by an undersized guy who lost his last fight to a journeyman, and you have no other real contenders at 205, then yes.

    And your logic implies Bellator’s roster would not be made stronger by signing Alistair Overeem, Stephan Bonnar, Chris Leben, Nate Marquardt, Thiago Silva, Mo Lawal, and Chael Sonnen simply because they’ve all tested positive for PED use in the past. How does that make sense at all?!?

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    Lawal would be a good addition to any roster, and a fun addition to TNA. I like what Brendhan pointed out in that MANY guys have failed a test and we still watch them fight. And supplemting your income by taking some prowrestling gigs is nothing new to MMA fighters and something anybody should be able to understand and appreciate.

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  • Kamakosmo says:

    Brendhan, but which one of those fighters you mentioned acted as immaturely as Mawal did? Any of those you listed going to another Organization MIGHT bring them credibility, but the least amount out of all of them would be Lawal. He simply does not have the fan base those other fighters have.

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  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    If Mo wants to do MMA and pro wrestling then more power to him. Just because he failed a drug test shouldn’t prevent someone from being able to make a living where they choose if the employees wants to hire them.

    I think he would be good in wrestling with his amateur background and his love of self promotion.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Being a PED user means that King Mo falls in with the majority of pro MMA fighters; not the other way around. We can all wish it weren’t that way (think of the childrens!!!) but that’s just the way it is. But at least many of the fighters aren’t dumb enough to get caught, which allows a lot of folks to think the sport is cleaner that it actually is and provide a little warmer & fuzzier feeling. (Not that MMA is unique in that regard; the NFL works much the same way.)

    Anyway, King Mo is a very talented fighter. I wish he’d been able to avoid injury & suspension and all the other drama, and plow thru to the UFC and throw his hat in the ring with the other top guys, but it just didn’t work out that way for him. He doesn’t seem to be the most stable dude, and he made his own bed to a large extent, with some poor luck also mixed in there.

    But hey, that’s life… gotta roll with the punches and he seems to be doing just that by opting to go the Bellator route. It allows him to continue competing in the fight game at a pretty high level, while also providing flexibility to earn significant $$ doing something in the entertainment business which wouldn’t have been an option if he signed his name away to the UFC.

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  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    Lawal’s immaturity involved a single Tweet (certainly bad but no worse than some of the things Rogan/White have said in the past). He also apologized for going about it the way he did.

    Leben has been busted multiple times including for DWI. Sonnen insulted an entire nation and said he wanted to smack Anderson Silva’s wife on the ass.

    Is Lawal THAT much worse?

    And I’m not talking about fan-base. I’m talking about credibility as a fighter. Lawal is a former Strikeforce champion and decorated amateur wrestler. To think he doesn’t help legitimize a roster like Bellator’s is straight up silliness.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    Maybe it does, as a fighter since I won’t deny he’s a good/talented fighter. But I think a casual looks at it and sees that Bellator just had one of their fighters go to jail for trying to get disability saying he can’t work, but can fight. Which isn’t there fault. Then they sign a guy the day after he gets out of jail, who then goes back to jail a month later. And then they sign a guy who got cut for a controversial tweet (honestly wasn’t that bad as some of the things said by other people, including rashad/forrest/rampage) and who tested positive after a fight. To a casual that doesn’t look good.

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  • Kamakosmo says:

    Silliness you say???!?!?!

    Well ok then.

    That’s all I got.

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