King Mo Lawal begins his comeback by facing undefeated Roger Gracie on the Showtime-televised main card of "Strikeforce Grand Prix: Barnett vs. Kharitonov." on Sept. 10 in Cincinnati. The pair originally was supposed to fight on July 30, but Gracie withdrew from the event due to an injury.
Both men finally appear to have put their respective health issues to bed for the time being.
"It feels good, man," Lawal told MMAjunkie.com Radio. "It's been a year since I've fought, so I got no injuries, no more. It's all good."
Post imuiry Mo traveled to Holland to train alongside former kickboxing and Muay Thai world champion Tyrone Spong. While in Las Vegas, he worked with Xtreme Couture coach Ray Sefo, sought out multiple-time jiu-jitsu world champion Robert Drysdale, and studied the "sweet science" under the watchful eye of Floyd Mayweather Sr.
He finally settled in at American Kickboxing Academy for the meat and potatoes of his camp to prepare for Gracie.
"It keeps your skill set fresh," he said. "You're constantly adding on, where some people stay in the same area and they don't really evolve. They stay stagnant. I'm always trying to look to improve."
"Maybe if I slip (Gracie could get me down). I don't know. I don't think so, but I can take him down. I'm not afraid of his jiu-jitsu at all. He has a great closed guard, but sometimes when you get hit, that guard opens up.
"I'm not worried about nothing. I'm just worried about making weight and getting to the fight. That's all."
"I know I'm going to win. I'm going to win the fight. I don't know if it's by stoppage or ground and pound, whatever. Hey, even submission.
"Anything's possible, dog."