As former Strikeforce Light-Heavyweight Champion Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal prepares to make his Bellator debut this week at Bellator 86 on SpikeTV, the outspoken and often brash competitor has stated his former sport of wrestling was much more tough than this mixed martial arts business.
Speaking at the event’s media conference call [via Bleacher Report], Lawal also dismissed any talk of him being daunted at making his debut for his new organization.
“I’ve been preparing mentally for all these big moments through every wrestling match I’ve had before I even got to MMA,” Lawal said at the conference call. “That’s why when people talk about MMA being hard, to me it’s easy compared to wrestling.”
Citing the many difficulties in the wrestling world he faced, King Mo mentioned the pressures of wrestling overseas and facing up to corrupt officiating.
“Going overseas, wrestling guys from Russia and Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan, you gotta deal with the fact that in order to get paid you gotta win, and then you gotta deal with referees cheating you.”
And with some surprising upsets at last weekend’s Bellator 85 even, such as favorites Renato Sobral and Seth Petruzelli both losing via first round knockouts, Lawal has no fears whatsoever that the same fate awaits him against his relatively unknown opponent.
“I’m not worried about no upsets. I’m just worried about me executing my game plan and winning these fights. I went to Holland and made sure that [my knee injury] was all straight. That’s why I went there, to see if my knee could hold up, and I left with no injuries.”
Lawal wasn’t done there, and his sense of humour shone through when discussing his next opponent, Polish fighter Przemyslaw Mysiala.
“I know Przemyslaw – I call him ‘coleslaw’ – I know he’s tough, has good submissions. I just gotta worry about myself being healthy for the next round. That’s all I’m worried about.”
While upsets were abound at last week’s Bellator event, expect none this Thursday night on SpikeTV as Lawal (8-1) takes on Mysiala (16-7) in Thackervilla, OK.