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Muhammed Lawal

36-Year-Old     Bellator     Light Heavyweight     21-6-0

STATUS:  Out   INJURY:  Undisclosed    EST. RETURN:  12/1/2017
Birthdate:  January 11, 1981     Height:   6'0    

October 3, 2017    Muhammed Lawal News

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Lawal (undisclosed) can no longer compete in the co-main event of Bellator 185 on Oct. 20, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.

Lawal was slated to take on Liam McGeary in a light heavyweight bout, but was forced to withdraw due to an undisclosed injury. A replacement for "King Mo" hasn't been found as of Tuesday, but Bellator is looking to keep McGeary on the card. A timetable for Lawal's return is unknown.

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Lawal defeated Quinton Jackson via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at Bellator 175 on Friday in Chicago.

Fantasy Analysis

On paper Lawal had a wrestling advantage, and this turned out to be the case. However, it was not as large as you might think. Jackson made it very tough for Lawal along the cage. Plus, whenever Lawal was able to drag him down, Jackson would quickly get back to his feet. With that being said, "King Mo" mixed his wrestling and striking well in order to win rounds one and three. In the second round, "Rampage" scored some hard shots, but Lawal survived and continued. This is one of the biggest wins of Lawal's career and corrected a previous loss via dubious decision.
During the broadcast of Bellator 170, the promotion announced that Lawal will face Quinton "Rampage" Jackson in the main event of Bellator 175 on March 31.

Fantasy Analysis

Lawal will be looking to get back on track after falling to legend Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic in the first round of the 2016 Rizin World Grand Prix. In his last three outings, he has scored only one victory over Satoshi Ishii in the main event of Bellator 169. "Rampage" defeated Lawal in the main event of Bellator 120 via a controversial decision.
Lawal lost to Mirko Cro Cop via TKO (punches) at 1:41 of Round 2 of the Rizin Fighting World Grand Prix on Thursday.

Fantasy Analysis

Lawal has hit a bit of a rough patch in his MMA career, as he's followed up a seven-fight winning streak from 2014-15 by losing two of his last three bouts. His victory was a lackluster decision win over Satoshi Ishii on Dec. 16. Losing to the 42-year-old Cro Cop doesn't look good, but that being said, "King Mo" likely remains a top-five Bellator light heavyweight.
Lawal defeated Satoshi Ishii via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at Bellator 169 on Friday in Dublin.

Fantasy Analysis

Lawal was the better fighter for the majority of this fight, but he was never close to putting his opponent away. In the first round, he edged out the striking and landed a few takedowns. The second round was a similar story. Lawal got the better of the striking, but he did not throw with enough volume to do damage. In the last round, Lawal went to his wrestling early, but it was mostly uneventful. Lawal is one of the best light
Lawal will enter his Light Heavyweight bout with Phil Davis as a +195 underdog at Bellator 154 on Saturday in San Jose, California.

Fantasy Analysis

"King Mo" Lawal was supposed to meet Davis in the final round of Bellator MMA: Dynamite in Sept. 2015. Lawal, however, suffered a hip injury earlier that night, putting him out of action until late December, when he picked up three victories at Rizin FF. King Mo has momentum on his side, picking up seven consecutive victories between the Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight division. The winner of Saturday's Main Event clash is certain to earn a title shot Light Heavyweight champion Liam McGeary, signifying the importance of this bout in Lawal's career.
Lawal (ribs) will be out of action for the next six to eight weeks, MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

'King' Mo suffered the injury during his fight against Linton Vassell at Bellator: Dynamite last Saturday. The injury forced him to withdraw from his scheduled tournament finale bout against eventual champion Phil Davis. Nothing noticeable appeared to happen during the fight, but there were reports that Mo was in so much pain backstage after the bout that he couldn't lift his arm above his head. Long term, the injury means little and it should have no effect when it comes to scheduling Mo's next bout.
Lawal took a unanimous decision victory over Linton Vassell (20-18, 20-18, 20-18) at Bellator 142 on Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

The win was bittersweet for King Mo; the former Strikeforce champion went through Vassell with relative ease, but was unable to continue to the next round of the light heavyweight tournament due to an injured foot. While Vassell is a formidable opponent, a two round decision victory will likely have little effect on Lawal's trajectory in Bellator's rankings. Given the current state of flux within Bellator's light heavyweight division, King Mo could be just one impressive victory away from another title shot.
Lawal will take on Linton Vassel as a -370 favorite at Bellator 142 on Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

King Mo has been in old form lately, winning fights against UFC veterans in each of his last three bouts. The former Strikeforce champion has had a tumultuous run in Bellator, dropping two fights to Emanuel Newton and losing a controversial decision to Quentin "Rampage" Jackson. Possessing elite boxing skills and boasting a Division 1 college wrestling background, the American Top Team fighter will look to advance to 2-0 in 2015 against Vassell.