See you on the other side King Mo, you were one of the originals. One of the biggest names from the post-TUF MMA boom, Muhammed Lawal AKA King Mo has officially retired from MMA.
Today (June 3), Lawal’s gym for the past several years, American Top Team, broke the news of the 11-year pro stepping away from the cage.
A decorated amateur wrestler and Olympic hopeful, Mo came into MMA as a hyped prospect and he lived up to the billing. Before Mo even had his first MMA fight, promotions were clamoring for his services based only on his wrestling background and larger than life personality.
Mo hooked up Japanese promotion World Victory Road for the early part of his career. Jumping out to a 4-0 record, Mo had an one-off fight with Mark Kerr for M-1 Global before signing a long-term deal with Strikeforce.
As part of the rising Strikeforce roster, Mo went 3-1 with one no contest and captured the promotion’s light heavyweight title with a win over Gegard Mousasi at the infamous Strikeforce: Nashville event.
“I just wanted to give @kingmofh a shout out and congrats for all he’s accomplished in this sport. For those that aren’t aware, he’s decided to “hang em up” and dedicate the next chapter of his life to coaching our pro fighters. I have to note, I’ve seen countess fighters train and walk through our doors and King Mo is hands down one of the best teammates I have ever seen. Beyond selfless. Proud to call him a teammate and even more excited to have him working and coaching full time with the squad. All the best Mo!! Congrats on a hell of a career!! Lets keep it positive and show this man some love.”
Also never forget Mo was one of the first MMA fighters to coin the term “Money Weight”. Meaning the Tennessee native would take a fight at any weight, as long as it pays good.
Best of luck with your coaching career King Mo and MiddleEasy will never forget you rocking our green t-shirt back in the day.