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Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal - Work Smarter


Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal is an American mixed martial artist. He is signed with Bellator and Rizin FF, and is a former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion and Rizin Heavyweight Grand Prix Champion.

Known for his explosive athleticism, charismatic personality, and versatile skills, King Mo has left an indelible mark on the combat sports scene. In this London Real episode, host Brian Rose sits down with King Mo to discuss how willing to take on anybody, why hard work is smart work and the changing face of MMA.

Born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, King Mo’s introduction to combat sports began in the world of wrestling. He excelled as a collegiate wrestler at Oklahoma State University, earning All-American honours and showcasing his prowess on the mat. King Mo’s wrestling background not only laid the foundation for his future success in MMA but also showcased his discipline and dedication to the art of grappling.

Muhammed Lawal’s transition from wrestling to MMA was a natural evolution of his competitive spirit. Known for his explosive takedowns and powerful striking, King Mo made his professional MMA debut in 2008. His athleticism and well-rounded skills quickly garnered attention, earning him a reputation as a force to be reckoned with in the light heavyweight division.

King Mo achieved significant success in the Strikeforce promotion, capturing the light heavyweight championship in 2010. His dynamic style, coupled with his wrestling pedigree, made him a formidable opponent for any fighter in the division. The championship victory solidified his status as one of the top contenders in the MMA world.

After his tenure in Strikeforce, Muhammed Lawal continued to make waves in Bellator MMA. Renowned for his entertaining fights and charismatic persona, King Mo showcased his adaptability by competing in multiple weight classes, including both light heavyweight and heavyweight. His versatility as a fighter has demonstrated his willingness to take on new challenges and test his skills against diverse opponents.

Beyond the MMA cage, Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal also ventured into the world of professional wrestling. His crossover appeal and natural charisma made him a valuable asset in promotions like Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling and later in All Elite Wrestling (AEW). King Mo’s foray into pro wrestling highlighted his ability to entertain fans not only with his physical prowess but also with his showmanship and storytelling abilities.

Muhammed Lawal’s contributions to combat sports extend beyond his achievements in the cage and the wrestling ring. As a charismatic personality, he has played a role in bringing new audiences to both MMA and professional wrestling. King Mo’s ability to connect with fans through his authenticity and engaging presence has made him a beloved figure in the combat sports community.

Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal’s legacy in combat sports is characterised by his dynamic style, championship success, and versatility across disciplines. Whether dominating opponents in MMA or captivating audiences in pro wrestling, King Mo has left an enduring impact on the sports landscape. His journey serves as an inspiration for aspiring athletes, showcasing the possibilities that come with dedication, skill, and an unwavering commitment to one’s craft.

Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal’s journey from collegiate wrestling standout to MMA champion and professional wrestling entertainer exemplifies the multifaceted nature of his talents. His impact on combat sports extends beyond the accolades, reflecting a commitment to entertaining fans and pushing the boundaries of what is possible in both the cage and the squared circle. As King Mo’s legacy continues to unfold, he remains a dynamic and influential figure in the rich tapestry of MMA and professional wrestling.


00:00 Trailer.
01:53 Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
05:15 Brian’s Introduction
05:48 The Dirty Dirty and London.
07:30 The reason for Muhammed being in London.
08:06 Definition of a throw-back fighter.
08:37 “King Mo” willing to take on anybody.
09:24 Hard work is smart work.
10:22 Life for Muhammed growing up in a one parent Muslim family in Kentucky,
12:52 The Dirty Dirty, “Hustle & Flow” and rap music genres.
16:55 Mental focus differences between Wrestling and Jiu Jitsu,
22:51 The Wrestling Room pits of hell where you’re taught not to break.
26:23 Steel sharpens steel, mental toughness.
31:02 Stop learning, you stop winning.
33:43 Try out for wrestling’s ultimate goal, the Olympics, in 2008.
37:19 A throw-back fighter in the MMA, “King Mo” walks out in Japan.
43:18 The changing face of MMA.
45:00 What Muhammed would do differently if he could turn the clock back 10 years.
45:54 Wrestling far more stressful than MMA.
48:07 Muhammed’s view of rumoured Floyd Mayweather Jr v Conor McGregor fight.
51:58 Muhammed’s opinion of Conor McGregor.
57:30 Dagestan is like Sparta.
58:59 Muhammed’s take on the UFC, Dana White and Scott Coker.
1:02:03 How it felt to fight Mark Kerr towards end of his career.
1:02:57 Rolling with former Navy SEAL Jocko Willink.
1:04:54 Michael “Venom” Page and his fight with Evangelista Santos.
1:09:36 Muhammed thought he would die from Staphylococcus.
1:16:32 Friends in the MMA community and who is not.
1:19:33 Quinton Jackson is not intimidating Muhammed.
1:22:59 Muhammed assiduously studies and learns from different fighters and styles.
1:24:06 Muhammed’s argument with the Nevada Athletic Commission.
1:26:30 Prospect for Joshua v Klitschko fight and for David Haye and Shannon Briggs.
1:28:56 “King Mo’s” legacy and what he will he do after he finishes fighting.
1:30:21 Success secrets.
1:31:19 Who Muhammed thinks of as successful.
1:32:21 Muhammed’s metric for his success,
1:32:55 What Muhammed has recently changed his mind about
1:33:27 Living in Trump’s America.
1:35:44 What keeps Muhammed awake at night.
1:37:28 You would never expect Muhammed to like this.
1:41:26 Brian fancies some rose gold grills.
1:43:09 Phone call to the 20 year old Muhammed Lawal.
1:43:42 Best advice ever received.
1:44:36 Advice to the 20 year old would be MMA fighters listening around the world.
1:46:37 Brian’s summing up.


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