Former Strikeforce light heavyweight champ Muhammed Lawal is in an interesting position. While he wants to fight again as soon as possible after knocking previously undefeated grappler Roger Gracie out in the opening round of a September bout under the Strikeforce banner, Lawal has also been extremely critical of the way his bosses have handled business and even compared the promotion’s future to that of a terminally ill cancer patient.
Compounding things, Lawal’s contract expire in a few months leaving him in limbo with Strikeforce’s December card already filling up and the possibility of the promotion folding shortly thereafter.
“King Mo” discussed his status recently in a conversation with MMAFighting where he offered his thoughts on what’s next for him including his desire to eventually settle his quarrel with Quinton Jackson one-on-one in the Octagon.
“Who knows,” Lawal responded when asked when or where his next match-up will take place. “We’ll see. My contract is up in February,” he added while also expressing an interest in fighting sooner than later.
As far as Jackson, Lawal stated he hadn’t initiated the conflict between the two but was tired of hearing his name come out of the former UFC title-holder’s mouth.
“This fool ”˜Rampage’ calls me out, and then people get mad when I respond? He’s a bitch in my eyes because he didn’t respond. Maybe he’ll respond later, but the word is he wants to fight (Mauricio Rua). That’s whatever. But he called me out, so I’m going to respond.”
“He wasn’t even on my radar,” Lawal continued. “But now he wants to say something about me, he’s on my radar now. We’re going to bang eventually.”
Lawal, only three years younger than Jackson, holds an 8-1 professional record in comparison to the PRIDE icon’s 32-9 mark. In terms of styles, both are wrestlers with above-average boxing though Lawal is the more-decorated of the two in terms of grappling while Jackson arguably packs more power in his punches.
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