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Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal Announces Retirement From MMA

June 4, 2019 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
King Mo Muhammed Lawal

Speaking to MMA Fighting, former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight and RIZIN Grand Prix tournament winner Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal confirmed that he is retiring from MMA. Lawal finishes his pro MMA career with a record of 21-9, with 1 No Contest.

Lawal made his MMA debut in September 2008 for the Sengoku promotion. He would later join the Strikeforce promotion where he eventually became light heavyweight champion after beating Gegard Mousasi. He would later fight for Bellator MMA and RIZIN

ear-old veteran officially retired from mixed martial arts on Monday after competing in promotions such as Bellator MMA, Strikeforce and RIZIN Fighting Federation.

Lawal stated to MMA fighting on his retirement: “It’s been on my mind for a while. I just put it in the back of my head. It was the pain from the injuries that was messing me up and my lack of range of motion from my hip and my knee. I’ve been fighting most of my career with no legs, a messed up knee or a messed up hip and after I had that hip surgery where they put titanium metal in my hip, it kind of made me think — I’m going to need a knee replacement, I’m going to need an elbow replacement, I’m going to need a hip replacement.”

He added, “I was like I’m getting old, I’m 38, I’ve got kids. I can’t even run right now. I can’t even jog really. I’m that bad. It’s to the point where if I can’t jog or sprint or be explosive, then I’ve got to stop.”

King Mo Lawal last fought in a losing effort to Jiří Procházka at RIZIN 15 last April. In March 2017, he beat former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson in a heavyweight fight at Bellator 175.