It looks like Brock Lesnar is not the only former MMA champion with legitimate grappling credentials who has aspirations of drawing a paycheck from work as a professional wrestler.
According to multiple reports, Muhammed Lawal has inked a deal with TNA Wrestling. However, “King Mo” will not forgo a career in Mixed Martial Arts to focus purely on sports entertainment and has also signed to fight under the Bellator banner. Both companies have broadcasting deals with Viacom meaning it is likely Lawal will work for both organizations simultaneously.
The official announcement is set for this afternoon with Sherdog initially reporting the news.
Lawal holds an overall record of 8-1 in MMA and held the Strikeforce light heavyweight title for a time. Owning past wins over stand-out competitors such as Roger Gracie and Gegard Mousasi, the 31-year old was last seen taking out Lorenz Larkin in January but failed a post-fight drug test and had the victory changed to a No Contest.
The result stemmed from Lawal’s use of a since-banned over-the-counter supplement. He was released from Strikeforce in the wake of the controversy in addition to having called one of the NSAC officials a “racist bitch”.
No word has surfaced on when he will debut in either organization though he is suspended on the MMA front until early September.
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