King Mo announces retirement


King Mo (photo credit Justin Ford © USA Today)

One of the most accomplished careers in MMA history has come to an end.

On Monday, Muhammed Lawal better known as “King Mo” announced his retirement from MMA.  Lawal cited numerous injuries that  brought him to his decision.

He told MMA Fighting,   “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.”

Despite never fighting in the UFC, Lawal has gained a cult following among MMA fans for his elaborate entrances and trash-talk.

Most recently, Lawal lost in april via TKO to Jiří Procházka in RIZIN as representative of Bellator. Lawal also dropped his final two Bellator fights via TKO to  Liam McGeary and Ryan Bader.

Lawal’s MMA career began in 2008, but it only took two years for him to capture the Strikeforce light heavyweight championship, when he defeated Gegard Mousasi in April 2010. Lawal would go on to win a light heavyweight tournament in Bellator and a heavyweight grand prix in RIZIN.

In addition to his MMA career, Lawal is an accomplished amateur wrestler. He became a NCAA Division II national champion and a Division I All-American.

The “King Mo” persona also translated to professional wrestling. Most notably, Lawal performed for Total Nonstop Action (TNA-now known as Impact Wrestling) from 2012-2014.

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