A former Strikeforce champion, Lawal retires with a record of 21-9. His last career fight was however after three straight losses, ‘Mo’ was a fearce force to reckon with, taking the belt from Gegard Mousasi just his 7th professional fight. Lawal’s reign as champion was short-lived but he continued to blow up in the ring and eventually
overcome a life-threatening staph infection in his leg and becoming a central piece of Bellator.
He was Bellators top signing at the time, Lawal won the majority of his bouts in this promotion and in his final career victory, avenged a controversial decision defeat of his rival Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson. He also represented Bellator in Rizin, and was the winner of their 2015 Heavyweight Grand Prix. ‘King Mo’ fought in multiple major promotions and exits MMA with a body of work that he can be very much proud of.
Mo you will be terribly missed in the ring and the excitement you brought to the fights will never be able to be touched by any other fighter. You have made such a strong mark on the sport and can not wait to see the growth you have as a coach.